1.) Florence Griswold Museum
Old Lyme, Conn.
When an artist came calling to Florence Griswold’s 1817 family home, he saw the potential for an American school of landscape painting. This event helped start the Lyme Art Colony that hosted a bohemian group of painters that became the center of America’s best-known Impressionist art colony. The house and scenic surroundings have been preserved for future guests to see the natural beauty that inspired so many iconic works of American art.
2.) C.M. Russel Museum
Great Falls, Mt.
Charles Marion Russell encapsulated the Western experience of the late 19th and early 20th century with his art. He observed both cowboys and Native Americans to tell their story though paintings and sculptures from his log studio adjacent to his home. Guests can still visit his 1903 studio made of Western red telephone poles to see the Western artifacts and Russell’s work.
3.) Elisabet Ney Museum
Elisabet Ney captured the “great men” of frontier Texas with life-sized figures of Stephen Austin and Sam Houston that still stand in the national and state capitols. The influential artist sculpted other beloved portraits of European nobles, such as King George V of Hanover, King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Jacob Grim. Her castle-like art studio and home houses the museum in her honor to preserve her memory and show off her artistic talents.