100 Essex Rd.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: (860) 395-1414
Fax: (860) 388-9578
100 Essex Rd., Old Saybrook, CT, US, 06475
- Phone: (860) 395-1414
- Fax: (860) 388-9578
Arts & Museums
Gallery featuring American paintings and works on paper of the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Hudson River School, Impressionism and select contemporary realism. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5.
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 home of American Impressionism," the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, a conservative summer art colony on the banks of the Lieutenant River; features more than 7,000 works of art. The late Georgian-style mansion is a National Historic Landmark that was designed by Samuel Belcher, architect of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme; for William Noyes in 1817.
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.
Museum features work from local artists. They have state and federal duck stamp prints, and are the exclusive distributor of the print "Main Street by Gaslight" by Ron Saporito and offer custom framing. They are located in the PAINT Shop.
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.
On the National Historic Register and Connecticut Freedom Trail, this building dates back to 1790 when it was originally part of an inn known as the Humphrey Pratt Tavern, where the Marquis de Lafayette stayed, and also made a purchase in 1824. It features an art gallery and gift shop and the original 1896 soda fountain where you can enjoy some old fashioned sodas & ice cream favorites. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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 5,000 square foot Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is "an interactive, hands-on, educational place for children to try on new roles, let their imaginations soar and feel safe while exploring the world around them." Exhibits relating to the arts, sciences, health and world cultures include the Discovery Room, Fish Market, Toddler Land, and the Global Village.
Stage actor William Gillette, known for playing Sherlock Holmes on Broadway for several years, had this unique mansion built top the Seven Sisters hills alongside the Connecticut River in East Haddam, a short ride from Hartford. The peculiar castle is made of stone and contains bizarre features, such as strange door knobs and puzzle locks. The 115-acre State Park is a treat for adults and children.
Educational fun for children of all ages. Hands-on exhibits on nuclear and electrical energy, bicycle generators and Long Island Sound aquariums and touch tank. Group structured science programs available. Reservations required.