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Trip Planner: USA / New Jersey / Hamilton / Grounds For Sculpture
A celebration of all things sculptural, Grounds For Sculpture, features a beautifully landscaped park and museum located on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Founded in 1992 by John Seward Johnson II, the park contains over 270 large-scale contemporary sculptures by Johnson and other international artists. Most notable is the 7.9 m (26 ft) tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in her famous white billowing dress from the film "The Seven Year Itch.” Rat’s restaurant is well worth a visit, designed by Johnson to make customers feel as if they are dining in Claude Monet’s beloved town of Giverny. Use our Hamilton trip builder website to add Grounds For Sculpture and other attractions to your Hamilton vacation plans.
Grounds For Sculpture reviews
We came for the nighforms show, which is, as the name implies, only at night. I loved it. This is something that even if you aren't big into art, can still enjoy. There were several groups there..... more
We came for the nighforms show, which is, as the name implies, only at night. I loved it. This is something that even if you aren't big into art, can still enjoy. There were several groups there..... more »
The night forms show that’s going on in January 2023 is SOOOOOOO amazing!! Worth every penny of the ticket. We came on a weekday night and enjoyed the calming and peaceful walk thru the grounds with..... more
The night forms show that’s going on in January 2023 is SOOOOOOO amazing!! Worth every penny of the ticket. We came on a weekday night and enjoyed the calming and peaceful walk thru the grounds with..... more »
My wife's cousin invited us up for the day to check out Grounds for Sculpture with the kids. We all had a great time. Its a wonderful place to just walk around and explore. The sculptures are...
My wife's cousin invited us up for the day to check out Grounds for Sculpture with the kids. We all had a great time. Its a wonderful place to just walk around and explore. The sculptures are... more »
Worth the trip! Located in Hamilton, NJ with plenty of parking and beautiful grounds to explore. Of course the main attraction is the various sculptures of various sizes. The grounds are mostly flat and easy to navigate. Several restaurants on site but two were completely closed when we visited and the other was closed for a wedding. A small cafe with ice cream, water, and limited snacks was open but they ran out of most choices by 4pm. The large sculptures are sturdy and mostly touchable so supervised children can enjoy the art without being constantly told not to touch. There are a few air-conditioned galleries with restrooms so if you visit on a hot day, find them for a break from the sun.
What a lovely and interesting place to visit! The grounds are beautiful and sculptures of various kinds adorn the landscape. Some are tucked away and appear as a scene from a story. Others are large and bold, making statements. The human figures were so realistic. On occasion, my husband and I had to do a double take. It was unanimous that we would return and spend a little more time on the premises since there were quiet places in which we could sit and take in the scenery. There were various other buildings on the grounds containing art and instruction. Informational videos and various works of art were also present in the entrance hall. We came on a weekday and it was not crowded. The entrance fee was reasonable. A gift shop, small café, and restrooms were available, as well as ample parking. Overall, it was an excellent experience.
They have timed tickets that need to be purchased online only. We were able to order them online while we had lunch at Rat's Restaurant. There was a wedding reception at Rat's which was beautifully decorated. Honestly we thought it would be a nice walk after eating but couldn't believe how huge the grounds actually were. We didn't have nearly enough time to spend exploring it. Will definitely go back when we have more time to spend and see the other 1/2 if not more we didn't see.
I went as a group so the price was a little cheaper than normal. Once inside the premise of the area, it felt like I was in a different world. The sculptures ranged from abstract to portraits to a room that was functional but everything was painted. The exhibits and pathways are all very nice, and the views of the lake and the sculptures all Sum for a great experience. There's even a place where you can try using sculpting techniques to make your own sculptures, and once done you can have lunch which is surrounded by beautiful scenery, a waterfall and a pond.
What a great place for a beautiful day. Very welcoming with multiple types of scenery and both indoor and outdoor exhibitions. From the lake side Sculptures and walk way yo the gardens filled with trees, flowers and hidden gems. A delight for the whole family with kids of all ages. Would come over again for sure!
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