Founded in 1914, the Lyme Art Association is a welcoming and vibrant fine arts community and nonprofit arts center in the heart of Old Lyme, Connecticut, which was home more than a century ago to the Lyme Art Colony of American Impressionists. Its mission is to promote and cultivate an appreciation for representational fine arts by holding art exhibitions along with conducting educational programs for the benefit of its members and the greater community. The Lyme Art Association is in a historic, skylit 1921 building designed by renowned architect Charles A. Platt, and contains world-class galleries and an art education studio. To cultivate the love of fine art, the Lyme Art Association exhibits over 2,000 paintings and sculptures each year in up to fifteen themed, juried shows; plus, it offers art instruction, art demonstrations, enriching lectures, and other community events, all while supporting artists at every level of their creative journey. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery Hours are Wednesdays – Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm.

The American Mural Project (AMP) celebrates “the art of work” through exhibits, events, and educational programs. Its centerpiece is the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world: a five-story, 120-foot-long mural that pays tribute to the ingenuity and dedication of diverse American workers on a grand scale. More than 15,000 children and adults have contributed collaborative pieces to the three-dimensional mural.

AMP was launched in 2001 by artist Ellen Griesedieck to inspire, educate, invite collaboration, and reveal to people of all ages the many contributions they can make to the world as workers. Each quarter, AMP highlights a new aspect of the permanent “art of work” mural exhibit in its tours, family activities, and events, exploring the convergence of work and creativity in new ways.

AMP’s education programs spark the creative working spirit of kids, teens, and adults. Live events showcase the creativity and contributions of workers from all walks of life.

Five Points Gallery, a contemporary gallery which opened in 2012, has grown to exhibit 1800 regional, national, and international artists representing 37 states and 12 counties.  Art New England hails Five Points Gallery as one of the Four New England Galleries with the drive.  

The Arts Center opened in 2021 and offers workshops and lab rentals for Printmaking, Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Alternative Photography and Digital Art Printing as well as hosting many events. 

The Annex Gallery,  a non-juried first come first serve community pop-up gallery has hosted over 600 artists since opening its doors in 2017.

The Launchpad offers recent graduates access to affordable shared studio spaces above Five Points Gallery, free access to the Arts Center, a serious arts community, mentorship, exhibition and gallery management opportunities.

Step back in time to the Golden Age of carousels. Children and adults can’t help but smile when meeting over 400 carousel figures, from horses and rabbits to tigers and donkeys. When you explore our 33,000-square-foot factory you will fall in love with over a century of carousel art and history. The Carousel Museum preserves and exhibits antique and modern carousel art — and celebrates their dedicated craftsmen — to inspire creativity, joy, and wonder. Little ones can discover hands-on activities in our Tinker Workshop, create in our Art Studio, and enjoy a ride on our indoor Venetian carousel, creating memories for a lifetime.

Eastern Art Gallery is the cultural incubator on campus of Eastern Connecticut State University.  The Gallery has a 40-year history of exhibitions of contemporary art that have inspired students, faculty, and the community. With a firm dedication to the public liberal arts mission of the University, the Gallery and Museum Services are committed to providing exhibition programming with depth and relevance to multiple disciplines and a diverse campus and community audience.

One of the oldest college art museums in the world, the gallery was founded in 1832 when patriot-artist John Trumbull gave over 100 of his paintings to Yale College. Trumbull’s original paintings of the American Revolution are now joined by an encyclopedic collection of objects that range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe. 

Special events include a weekly series for teens; storytelling for children; in-depth lecture series on artists and art; thematic, guided tours; and groundbreaking discussion programs.

The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum that houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. 

Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929)‚ the collection of paintings‚ sculpture, drawings‚ prints‚ rare books‚ and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward. The museum offers a vibrant program of activities, events, and exhibitions year-round, both in person and online. 

Please note: The YCBA is closed to the public for building conservation. While the museum is closed, more than 60 paintings from the collection will be on view at the Yale University Art Gallery. 

The William Benton Museum of Art is Connecticut’s State art museum, located on the University of Connecticut campus at Storrs. Drawing largely from its collection of over 7,500 works of art, the museum presents exhibitions of art dating from the 15th through the 21st centuries. 

The museum also creates special exhibitions drawn from outside sources and loaned exhibitions. Special events include gallery talks, campus art walks, academic and non-academic discussions, musical performances, and family programs.

The only National Park dedicated to American Impressionism was home to three generations of artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in 19th century art and America’s most beloved Impressionist. Weir described his home as the “Great Good Place.” Weir’s farm is a national legacy to American Impressionism, the creative spirit, and historic preservation.

Today the 68-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, welcomes everyone to experience the power of creating art in nature. Seasonal offerings include yoga in the garden, painting, pond hikes, wellness walks and more.

Located in the heart of Hartford, the Wadsworth is a great place to connect with amazing art. Home to nearly 50,000 works, the collection encompasses European art from antiquity through Modernism as well as American art from the 1600s through today. 

The museum is deeply engaged in the community; and hosts a series of programs including an artist residency, during which artists work closely with Hartford community groups to plan, develop, and execute a collaborative project. 

The Wadsworth is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States, opening in 1844. Today, visitors find captivating and innovative programs mining the iconic holdings and offering new stories that illustrate the breadth and quality of the museum’s collection.