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A Day of Art and History Along the River

The Florence Griswold Museum, the Connecticut River Museum, the Griswold Inn and Connecticut River Expeditions invite your group to spend a day in the historic towns of Old Lyme and Essex, CT.

Begin the day at the heart of Old Lyme's artistic legacy, the Florence Griswold Museum, the home of American I impressionism. Spend time immersed in the art of America¹s premier painters, discover the historic boarding house where a generation of Impressionist artists lived and worked, and experience one of New England¹s most captivating museums.

From Old Lyme, take an hour and a half-long journey across the Connecticut River to Essex onboard Connecticut River Expedition's vessel RiverQuest. RiverQuest is a 50 passenger, twin-hulled pontoon boat offering panoramic views of the Connecticut River inside a fully enclosed and heated cabin with restroom.

Your group has the option of a gourmet box lunch onboard RiverQuest, or, upon landing in the picturesque town of Essex, a luncheon at the historic Griswold Inn, famous for its authenticity and charm.

After lunch, it¹s off to the Connecticut River Museum, located within walking distance of the Griswold Inn. This 1878 Steamboat Dock warehouse, located on the spectacular Essex waterfront, served as a port of call for steamboat service from New York City to Hartford, Connecticut. Today the warehouse is home to the Connecticut River Museum where the river story is told in four galleries through paintings, models, objects and interactive displays.

Group tours require a minimum of 20 guests. The cost for the day, per person, is $29.50 with box lunch or $40.45 with Griswold Inn luncheon, and includes tax and gratuity. Transportation is not included. We ask that you make your reservation three weeks in advance by calling either:

The Florence Griswold Museum - (860) 434-5542 x 102 or
The Connecticut River Museum - (860) 767-8269 x15

Please contact the above venues directly for complete details and availability.

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