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Arts & Museums
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Customs House in New London was constructed in 1833 and is the oldest continuously-operated customs office in the United States. This building is still a functioning customs building for the city of New London. Another notable feature of this building is that it was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument.
Hygienic Art Galleries & Art Park's aim is to provide a platform for new as well as established and resident artists. The present location at Bank Street earlier housed Hygienic Restaurant, which shut in 1985. After a lot of community activism, the historic building that was scheduled to be demolished, was saved. Finally, the same opened in the year 2000 and stands as a testimony of successful community development projects and amazing venue for arts. An extended gallery of Hygienic Art called the Carriage House on 35 Golden Street, also showcases some interesting artwork.
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.
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.
Fort Griswold overlooks the Thames River that is the primary waterway in eastern Connecticut. During the Revolutionary War, For Griswold was a key landmark during the Battle of Groton Heights in 1781 when Benedict Arnold and British troops invaded and burned New London, including what is today Groton; however the Fort was spared when the British took control of it. The property includes several other structures. The Groton Monument, a 135-foot (41-meter) and 166-step obelisk dedicated to the fort's defenders. The nearby Monument House Museum and Ebenezer Avery House present numerous Revolutionary War-themed lectures and exhibits throughout the year.