Museum Pass: The Florence Griswold Museum

Hello Friends! 

Did you know that libraries carry passes to museums and national parks? 

   If you are looking for a little bit of culture or an inexpensive (probably free) date night your library can help you!!!!!!

Just like borrowing a book, you can go to your library and borrow a museum pass!

The Florence Griswold Museum

The Florence Griswold Museum

   Recently, I headed to the Florence Griswold Museum which I knew NOTHING about. I had been told by several people to check it out but for some reason I didn't listen!! Shame on me because this place is SO COOL!!!!!

Little bit of background, Florence Griswold inherited her family's estate in 1890. She was unmarried (gasp!) and had no siblings. She was alone and needed to find a way to pay off her parent's debt so she decided to turn her enormous house into an artists retreat. 

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold Museum


Every summer a group of painters (mostly men, mostly impressionists) would take up residency in her home. 

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   The museum has lovely gardens where the trees were just starting to bloom and every flower was getting ready to pop. The river was off in the distance and framed with swaying pale grasses. 

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The porch of the main house was so inviting! I sat on the steps and imagined the boisterous conversations that took place over the clinking of crystal. 

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 The Florence Griswold Museum

 The Florence Griswold Museum

   The best part about Griswolds' house were the beautifully painted panels and doors. For twenty years, her guests would practice their talents on her house. The result is a massive collection of artistic expression.

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The dining room was like a dream.

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     A library complete with a door painting of a cow?! 
Cue heart eyes.!!

   Griswolds' house was a wonderful surprise. I had no idea I would enjoy it so much. It was an added bonus because the real reason I got all dressed up to visit the museum was the temporary exhibit
Pen to Paper: Artists' Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. 
 

                                       Saul Steinberg  1967

                                      Saul Steinberg 1967


     This exhibit, now closed, was a terrific way to spend the afternoon. I was in awe of the collection which included many artists that I idealize. It was so interesting to see love letters written in their scribbled hand or mundane notes in beautiful flowing cursive. It was such an inspiration that I couldn't wait to get home and write letters to all my favorite people. 
 

                                       Louis Lozowick  1932

                                     Louis Lozowick 1932

                                         Maxfield Parrish

                                        Maxfield Parrish

This exhibit was such a  graceful example of the dying
art of letter writing. 

                                           Joseph Cornell    1968

                                         Joseph Cornell 1968

                   Willard Metcalf   to Florence Griswold 1905

                  Willard Metcalf to Florence Griswold 1905

 
                                                                                                  John Sloan   Memory  1906

                                                                                                 John Sloan Memory 1906

    A huge THANK YOU!!! to the crew over at the Florence Griswold Museum! I am so grateful for the day I had. I suggest that everyone go visit! 

If in Connecticut, you can grab a    library pass
and then your admission is FREE!!
Go check it out!!!!