The Griswold Inn houses a most impressive marine art collection displayed throughout its public spaces, the largest such collection in private hands today. A significant part of the collection was amassed during the 100-year tenure of the Ladd/Lovell Family. The Paul Family, now stewards of the "Gris" for over 20 years, continues to expand the collection with important and historically significant works of art.
Antonio Jacobsen, The Connecticut, Griswold Inn Collection
At the suggestion of many patrons of The Griswold Inn who, over the years, have inquired about the various paintings and artifacts throughout, an art tour has been added to the list of special events hosted by the Inn. The tours are led by owner Geoffrey Paul, expert on the Inn's museum-quality collection. This event is open to the public and free of charge, though reservations are required as space is limited.
Our next public art tours are scheduled as follows:
Sunday, February 21st - 3:30 pm *
Sunday, March 13th - 3:30 pm *
Sunday, April 10th - 3:30 pm *
Sunday, May 15th - 3:30 pm *
* Participants may gather in the Wine Bar up to one half hour before the tour start time where complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be available. The tour and talk will last approximately 90 minutes. Dinner is available in the Wine Bar and Historic Dining Rooms on these evenings. For reservations, 860.767.1776.
In the meantime, if you are interested in scheduling a private tour combined with a brunch, lunch or dinner event, please contact Lauri Makuck, Private Events Manager, 860.767.1776.
The response to the art tour has been overwhelmingly positive. Some tour-goers have come back more than once. Just a few of the plaudits... "You don't need to love art, you don't need to love history, you do need to love a good story!" "It is one of the most informative and entertaining programs our group (historical society) has attended." "I came to see the paintings and just loved the stories behind them." "It was a fascinating way to learn some interesting tidbits of history." "Geoff (tour-giver) is so passionate about the collection and really knows his stuff. He is a wonderful storyteller!"
The Griswold Inn has been designated as one of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures.