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Lyman Allyn Art Museum

625 Williams Street
New London, CT

Phone: 860-443-2545

Statement of Purpose:

Lyman Allyn Art Museum was founded in 1926 by Harriet Upson Allyn in memory of her whaling merchant father, Lyman Allyn, as a place for local citizens to learn about art and culture. 
The Museum is housed in a handsome Neo-Classical building designed by Charles A. Platt, architect of The Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Lyme Art Association Building, and several buildings on the campus of Connecticut College.  The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is a Founding Member of the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail.
 The permanent collection of over 15,000 pieces encompasses objects from world civilizations covering a time range of 5,000 years.  Included are paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, furniture, decorative arts, and American art from the 18th through 20th centuries. 


Overlooking the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Long Island Sound, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum is the principal comprehensive art museum serving southeastern Connecticut.  With an impressive collection of more than 15,000 objects, works of art on view include:
 Contemporary, Modern and Early American Fine Arts
 American Impressionist Paintings
 Connecticut Decorative Arts
 Temporary Exhibitions of American Art from Public & Private Collections
 The Fortune Galleries at the Deshon-Allyn Mansion


Impressionist Paintings from the Lyman Allyn Collection
Ongoing exhibition
In the Glassenberg Gallery, visitors will have the opportunity to view a new installation of  Connecticut Impressionist paintings from the museum's fine permanent collection.        
Representative works from such renowned Connecticut Impressionist painters as J. Alden Weir, Guy Wiggins and Charles Davis, among others, will be on view.  Many of  the works recall summer days from the early part of the 20th century as captured by these artists.  Lyman Allyn Museum of Art at Connecticut College is a founding member of the  Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail.

Furniture and Other Decorative Arts in Eastern Connecticut, 1750 - 1800
Ongoing exhibition
This exhibition, curated by conservator Lance Mayer, features furniture and decorative arts from the Museum's permanent collection.  With a focus on Windsor chairmaking in New London, text and visual aids allow viewers to learn about the techniques and decorative tastes that were popular in this area during the 18th century.

The Montesi Ship Collection: Maritime Folk Art
Ongoing Exhibition
This exciting exhibit features the fine craftsmanship of Pasquale Montesi, an Italian-born seafarer who immigrated to Norwich, Connecticut in 1898. Working from memory, he  created these beautiful folk-models without the aid of blueprints or drawings.




Hours & Admission:

Museum Hours
        Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5
         Sunday 1-5
        Closed Mondays & major holidays
        Adults: $4
        Seniors & Students:  $3 
        Children under 6: Free
Directions: I95 North or South to Exit 83, follow brown cultural attractons signs to museum
For more information, please call 860 443-2545.


Key Personnel:

Charles A. Shepard, III, Director
Lori Reid, Assistant Director
Kathleen McCleary, Director Education/Communication
Susan Hendricks, Director of Public Relations and Membership
Nikki Bunnell, Curator
Linda Lavin, Registrar
Donald Hawkins, Security Supervisor

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