Modernizing Climate Control at the Lyman Allyn

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to announce…


A complete retrofitting of the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment and control systems to modernize the Museum’s ability to maintain a stable, museum-quality environment for care and preservation of the art collection.

For the proper care and preservation of priceless art objects, it is very important to maintain stable temperature and relative humidity throughout the year – regardless of the huge variations of New England’s seasons. The goal is to maintain the environment inside the Museum at the relative humidity of  50% +/-5% and at a   temperature setting of 70° +/- 2° Fahrenheit. This is a complex task that requires adding moisture into the air during the winter, and removing it during the summer. To accomplish this, industrial-strength equipment must constantly monitor prevailing exterior and interior climate changes and react to modify environmental conditions inside the museum. The equipment that currently does this at the Lyman Allyn was installed in 1991 and needs to be replaced.

The scope of work to be done includes replacement of the central heating boilers, the central air cooled chiller, seven large air handling fan units, monitoring and control systems for these units, an upgrade of the main entrance glass vestibule, and the replacement of the main roof. Fortunately, the existing ductwork that conveys the conditioned air to the galleries can be used largely as it is currently configured. In addition, the Museum will become much more energy efficient by virtue of switching from oil to natural gas, and from tungsten to LED lighting through the building. The project will take the better part of a year to bring it to completion.

As a result of this work, about 25% more public space inside the museum will be brought up to gallery conditions. Climate throughout the building will be much more reliably maintained. The Lyman Allyn will improve its ability to properly care for and preserve the artworks the Museum holds in trust for the residents of Southeastern Connecticut and visitors from all over the world.

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Summer Fest at Lyman Allyn

1947.12.42 Folds Adjusted

Saturday, June 27, 2015
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Museum Grounds
Rain or Shine
FREE admission & parking

Summer Fest is a free, family friendly, community event!
Summer Fest will feature: food trucks, live entertainment (amplified, unplugged, and performance), shopping and family friendly activities on the Lyman Allyn grounds and inside the building. Be sure to check out our current exhibitions.

Performers include: The Rivergods, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, April Burnelle Balloon Creations, Geoff Kaufman, Stonington Players and much more!

-The Lyman Allyn is part of Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer. Be sure to check out their calendar of events.
-Image: Thomas Folds, Park, circa 1935-1942. Watercolor on board. Gift of Frances Wayland Williams.

Summer Fest 2015 Sponsors

Americana Lazyboy



Lyman Allyn Art Museum Presents Student Art Exhibition

May 7, 2015
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Marsie, Communications Coordinator
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Artwork by Nathan Hale Students
Artwork by Nathan Hale Students

New London – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is proud to present a special exhibition by the students of the Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School. In recent years, the Lyman Allyn has set aside a spot in its exhibition schedule, providing Nathan Hale students with an opportunity to display their artwork in a museum. The exhibit opens on Saturday, May 9 and remains on view through Sunday, June 7, 2015.

Students, parents, teachers, families, and art enthusiasts of all ages are invited to explore artwork created by students, grades K-5.  Two-and three-dimensional artworks, in a variety of media, are included in the exhibit.  A visual delight, this exhibit showcases student talent, creativity, and critical thinking.

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