100 Essex Rd.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: (860) 395-1414
Fax: (860) 388-9578
Arts & Museums
Located in the serene and lush area of Connecticut is this private art college, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Here, the 200-odd students are offered degrees in painting, sculpture and illustration. The academy is popular for its stance on the importance of the study of nature and the figure which is amply seen with focus on the tradition of representational art. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. A degree from this esteemed institution will gear you to gain an entry into the coveted art world. Varied exhibitions and events like talks and art sales too take place. Check the website for further details.
The Florence Griswold Museum spawned from the home of Florence Griswold, whose residence was the center of the Lyme Art Colony. The colony of American Impressionists used this home as their base as it was a boarding house for the region's budding artist community. Today, the house has been restored to how it appeared in 1910 and is one of the region's best-loved museums. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop for books on local art and images of Long Island Sound.
Opened in September 2009, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (also known as "The Kate") is the Shoreline's premier entertainment venue, hosting stand-up comedy, theatrical performances, live music and lectures throughout the year. The facility is housed in what used to be Old Saybrook's historic City Hall (built in 1910) and is named for the Academy Award-winning local actress, Katharine Hepburn, who resided in the town until her death in 2003. The theater features 250 seats (with unobstructed views) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of The Kate are available from June to September.
The Thomas Lee House was constructed in 1660 is a currently a historic house museum. It was incorporated in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is located close to Mystic in the nearby town of Niantic. This local favorite is a great place to take the kids on a rainy summer afternoon or during the weekend for an educational, yet fun-filled outing. Friday evenings, the museum has free admission thanks to Electric Boat. Don't forget to check out their website for upcoming events and special coupons available for download.
The Deacon John Grave House has been the home of seven generations of the Grave family. In 1983, the Deacon John Grave Foundation was founded to avoid demolition of this wooden frame house. Currently a museum, it hosts interesting events throughout the year. Check website for details.
Two historic buildings namely the Joshua Hempsted House and the Nathaniel Hempsted House make up the now famous Hempstead Houses. Joshua Hempsted House being older is most documented 17th-century house in America. The house was inhabited by Joshua Hempsted right from childhood till his death. The house is thus replete with a rich history that concerns the colonial age and also throws light on the abolitionist movement. The Nathaniel Hempsted House was built in 1758 by Joshua Hempsted for his grandson Nathaniel. The Hempstead Houses is a property of the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society. Normal tours will resume in May 2010; however, tours by appointment are still carried out.
The Monte Cristo Cottage in New London is a local museum dedicated to the works of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill, who spent his summers in this house. The home was used as a setting for his play Ah, Wilderness! The museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. Group tours are available by appointment only in the off-season.
Founded in 1926, this community art museum is a resourceful center to learn about the local culture. Over 15,000 works of art like paintings, prints, sculptures covering a time frame of 5000 years can be found in the beautiful Lyman Allyn Art Museum. The facade of the Charles A. Platt designed museum is Neo-classical and is quite a dominant feature at 625 Williams Street. The Museum shop present within, houses some of the world renowned books. Varied programs like Film nights, talks and other activities help in uniting the community. Check the website for further details.
Formerly known as the Shaw Mansion, the historic home is now referred to as the Shaw Mansion Museum. The house is included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is open to visitors for viewing its lovely collection.
Muse is more than just a shoe store where you can get the latest sneakers, trendy flats or high tops. The owner, Frank Marchany, not only preoccupies his time as shoe saleman, but also in a DJ. Thanks to hi slove of music, there are dance nights with live bands and DJs from across the state coming to perform at this trendy shop. The shop is decorated with contemporary artworks as this store is also an art gallery where the artworks change monthly and there are special events to honor the artist of the month.
The simple name belies the true nature of this multipurpose venue. Golden Street Gallery is not just an ordinary gallery but also doubles up as a theater and a space for live music performances and book fairs. As for the art work, the best is displayed from time to time. Beautiful paintings, abstract ceramics, different photography and other art forms find their place here. Donna Martel, Brad Guarino, Bernard Re, Jr., Adam Polsz, Sylvia Malizia and Gretchen Hatfield are some of the artists whose works have been showcased in Golden Street Gallery. Visits on Tuesday and Wednesday are by prior appointment only.