The Florence Griswold Museum has, for more than a century, been the home of the Lyme Art Colony, America’s center of Impressionism. It is the epicenter for the appreciation of Connecticut art. Miss Florence was raised in affluence that went bust. The Griswold’s turned their home into a school and evntually a boarding house. In 1899 artist Henry Ward Ranger visited and found an ideal setting for a new American school of landscape painting. With the arrival of Childe Hassam, some of the country’s most accomplished artists gathered in her home. Several years ago, the Museum expanded by adding a gallery wing to deepen their focus on American Impressionism and display highlights from teh Hartford Steam Boiler Collection – the most expansive collection of Connecticut art ever assembled and the core of the permanent collection.