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Long Profile of Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT



Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut was established in 1932.

The Museum is the only museum in Southeastern Connecticut "to offer a comprehensive collection of European art as well as American fine and decorative art."


The Lyman Allyn Art Museum was established in 1932, as a museum for New London's residents to learn about art and culture.

The Neoclassical building was designed by architect Charles A. Platt.


The Museum's mission according to their website: "Part of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s mission is dedicated to engaging and responding to the regional community. The concept of Community Comment is to select members of the surrounding community and invite them in to view the museum’s permanent collection, along with the museum’s Registrar."

"They will choose an artwork that resonates for them or captures their attention in a specific way. Participants will then create an essay, poem or other written work that explains how and/or why the artwork "spoke" to them. The artworks will be installed on the museum’s main floor, along with wall text including the written comments by the participants about their selections."


The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is located in New London, Connecticut.

Please refer to the Museum's website for driving and public transportation directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of preserving and restoring an artwork. Art conservators do detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork for future generations. They use archival materials to help conserve the artwork, as environmental factors such as light, dust and humidity can make an artwork rapidly disintegrate.

Small museums will use the outside services of professional art conservators, rather than maintaining a conservation lab.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired approximately 10,000 objects.

The collection includes European works on paper dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. Artists represented in the collection include Ingres, Nicholas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Charles LeBrun, and Tiepolo.

The Museum is renowned for its collection of 19th century American paintings "ranging from the Hudson River School to the Aesthetic Movement and Impressionism" by artists such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, and John Singleton Copley.

Noteworthy Facts:

Besides its dynamic painting and works on paper, the Museum also has a notable collection of 18th century New England furniture.

Employment Information:

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum does not post job opportunities. However, they post Volunteer Opportunities in the following areas:

  • "Administration -Clerical duties as needed.
  • Building & Grounds -Gardening, weeding and grounds upkeep.
  • Development -Mailings, special projects and annual Gala.
  • Education -Tour guides for student and adult group tours.
  • Front Desk Museum Attendants -Welcome and orient visitors.
  • Registrar -Assist with collections, documentation and curatorial projects.
  • Special Events -Help with exhibition openings and tea parties."

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment, volunteer or internship positions. When a job opening is available, it is typically requested to submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position which you are applying.

Museum's Contact Info:

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, CT 06320. Tel: 860-443-2545.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays

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