Basic Group Admission
Groups of 10 or more who reserve ahead and can pay as a group are eligible for a special group rate admission fee of $8 per person. Groups of less than 10 will be charged regular admission.
Guided Tours with a Docent
Groups of 10 or more can request a one-hour docent guided tour of the current exhibitions, the Griswold House, the gardens & grounds, or a combination tour. Guided tours are $50 for each guide (1 guide for every 20 visitors). This fee does not include group admission.
Guided Tours with a Member of the Staff
Groups of 10 or more can request a one-hour professional staff tour of the current exhibitions, the Griswold House, the gardens & grounds, or a combination tour. Guided tours by members of the professional staff are $100* (1 staff member for every 20 visitors). *fee does not include group admission.
Elegant Boxed Lunches Prepared Especially for You
By Gourmet Galley Catering
Extend your visit to the Florence Griswold Museum and enjoy a private lunch in the gracious rooms of Marshfield House with stunning views up the Lieutenant River.
Available for groups of 10 or more.
Box lunches must be ordered in advance.
$25 per person (all inclusive).
Lunch options are named for the most illustrious artists & figures associated with the Lyme Art Colony.
The Henry Ward Ranger
Smoked Turkey and Provolone on Ciabatta with Roasted Red Peppers
The Miss Florence
Roasted Vegetables with Boursin Cheese in a Wrap
The Childe Hassam
Tuna Fish Salad with Lettuce and Tomato on Whole Wheat
The Willard Metcalf
Egg Salad with Lettuce and Tomato on Whole Wheat
All choices include Pasta Salad, Cookie or Brownie.
Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, selection of Soft Drinks, and Bottled Water.
Groups of 10 or more can request a one-hour painting activity in the Hartman Education Center (participants will paint outdoors in the garden weather permitting). The project features basic instruction, all painting materials, and clean up. Painting activity is $5 per person.
Group Reservations and Tour Questions
Groups should be booked at least 2 weeks prior to date of visit. Group visits can be booked by phone (860) 434-5542, ext. 115 or email David
Please have the following ready when booking a group visit.
- Name of your organization
- Main contact person for tour
- Contact person's phone number, email address, mailing address
- First choice of date and time of visit
- Second choice of date and time of visit (snow date option)
- Approximate number of visitors
- Tour options (self-guided, docent guided, lunch, painting, etc.)
- Special requests/requirements
Groups receive a Group Tour Confirmation Form in the mail after booking is complete. Tours are not confirmed without receipt of the Group Tour Confirmation Form. Groups are encouraged to bring a copy of this form with them on the day of the tour.
Booking Request Form
Changes to Tour Confirmation Form
Contact David D.J. Rau, Director of Education & Outreach at (860) 434-5542, ext. 115 email David
Tour Cancellation and Late Arrival
Should your plans to visit change or you anticipate being more than 15 minutes late on the day of the tour, please call the Museum’s Front Desk at (860) 434-5542, ext. 111 or ext. 0.
Advertising Your Group Visit
The Museum has a flyer template as well as brief tour descriptions, photographs, and our logo available for groups to use in advertising your group visit.
Many thanks for arranging our visit. Everyone loved the Museum, the exhibits, and the house. Our docent was excellent. We look forward to coming again next year. - Helene Schachter, Great Neck Public School Adult Program
Extending Your Group Visit in and Around Old Lyme
Groups might also consider visiting the following local atractions.
Cooley Gallery of American Art, Old Lyme
Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme
Connecticut River Museum, Essex
Old Saybrook Historical Society, Old Saybrook
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook
Gillette Castle, Hadlyme
Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam
Clinton Crossing Outlet Mall, Clinton
Mystic Seaport, Mystic
Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London
Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme
Essex Steam Train, Essex