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Lyman Allyn Art Museum

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Address: 625 Williams Street, New London, CT 06320
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+1 860-443-2545
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

One gallery of this museum's diverse American collection is dedicated to...

One gallery of this museum's diverse American collection is dedicated to Connecticut Impressionism.

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Nice small museum

We visited to take in the Weir exhibit, which was very well done and a nice compliment to an earlier stop at Weir Farm. The area where the usual exhibits are kept was closed for... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

We visited to take in the Weir exhibit, which was very well done and a nice compliment to an earlier stop at Weir Farm. The area where the usual exhibits are kept was closed for renovations, so we didn't get any feel for what they include.

Thank travlelf
key west and new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

This small museum is in a lovely old building but has very little on exhibit right now due to renovations. Instead drive through the campus of Connecticut College where it is located to view the lovely stone buildings of this fine traditional college. The Admissions Building is a particularly attractive design.

Thank ellentravels
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is one of New London's treasures. It is filled with shiny marble stairs and high ceilings. The collections rotate but there is a lovely constant collection of oils, American Furniture, a life size doll house and an old wooden model ship. My kids loved to go here when they were small and now my husband... More 

Thank Maureen H
Boston, MA
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

The collection of antique, locally made furniture is especially nice. This museum is small but well curated.

Thank Canadiancitylover
Norwich, Connecticut
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

I have gone to the Lyman Allyn several times with family (and I quickly chose a favorite painting). There are days when the museum is free or discounted, so schedule your visit carefully. It's a smaller museum than many, so you can be sure to see everything within an hour. It's not really near any other attractions, and a car... More 

Thank Rebecca H
Waterford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

A nicely maintained local art museum, but done professionally in a purpose-built building. Modern sculptures outside, historic oil paintings inside.

Thank Tours-of-Scotland
New London, Connecticut
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

Was once a general museum and now just art. A range from conventional to modern. Nobody there but a "guard" college student and a lady at the entrance desk. Take your time.

Thank c0llegehill
Niantic, Connecticut
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Reviewed 15 November 2015

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is a small museum with some very nice examples of American paintings, furniture, and decorative arts. I would recommend that you start with galleries on your left as you enter the main floor, and work your way chronologically. You get a good overview of American art starting from the 18th century and moving forward (there... More 

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Sam Q, General Manager at Lyman Allyn Art Museum, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed our museum. We are focused on providing more and more to see and do. I hope you will come again to see new shows upstairs over the course of the next several months. Just after Labor Day 2016 we will open a refreshed installation of the highlights of the American Collection on the first floor.... More 

Hillsdale, New York, United States
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Reviewed 2 October 2015

This is an excellent small art museum with a small, eclectic collection. When we visited there were two excellent special exhibits in addition to the permanent collection. Everything was a high quality, well presented in very pleasant surroundings. A must visit for the folk art ships alone - the ships carved by a local former seaman are amazing. Museum also... More 

Thank GHamlet42
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

The portraiture gallery was most fun, as it allows visitors to grab some crayons, sit before a easel and do his or her own portraiture. Other galleries included scale models of historic ships, paintings from the Hudson Valley School, as well as beautifully kept old doll houses. It is small, but it has something for everyone. Definitely worth a visit.... More 

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