Turning the grounds of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum into a park for New London

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum received an early 90th anniversary gift for New London, Connecticut to enjoy.

Thanks to a donation of $500,000 from two of its administrators, the museum will transform its land into a park.

“This is the greatest gift the museum has received since 1939, and it allows us all kinds of forward thinking,” said museum director Sam Quigley. “We have launched a master plan for the redevelopment of our 12 acres of green space into an urban park. And this gift allows us to think deeply.

Portrait of Harriet Upson Allyn

Quigley said the new park will celebrate art in nature, amplify the museum’s social justice and environmental advocacy, and help serve a more diverse community in the future.

The museum was established as a gift from Harriet Allyn, a long-time resident of New London, in memory of her sailor father. The facility houses more than 17,000 objects from antiquity to the present day.

“We feel that with this wonderful gift from the LaBoiteaux-Sharp Family Foundation, we are continuing the legacy of Harriet Allyn,” said Ellen Anderson, director of museum development. “She was the one who said, ‘I would like my estate to create a park and museum for the people of New London. “”

“We are realizing this park today.”

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum will hold an open house on Saturday, September 17 to show off its master plan for the park from 10 a.m. to noon.

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