Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives

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Must see · Art Museum · Garden
A typical stone house in St. Ives on the outside, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden reveals the creative hub of an artist on the inside. The living room's original furnishings remain as they were left while the artist's workshop holds half-finished paintings, tools, and materials. The garden beside the house is another work of art that was designed by Hepworth and friend Priaulx Rainier, the South-African composer. Use our St Ives day trip planning website to add Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and other attractions to your St Ives vacation plans.
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  • Such an inspiring visit, beautifully curated exhibition of Barbarra Hepworth's life and work. The garden is beautiful and viewing the sculptures and how they relate to each other in this setting...  more »
  • What a gem. The hidden garden has views across the rooftops of St Ives and displays some wonderful sculpture in an intimate setting. Against the cool blue November skies, they were stunning. The...  more »
  • Love the cury sculptures. Exhibit worth a visit for sure. Preferred to the Tate exhibit that I did not care for; but liked the building structure and viewing point.  more »
  • Beautiful quaint garden with numerous fascinating sculptures closely integrated for easy viewing. Excellent photographic opportunities from various angles (although I was told no flash is allowed). I would highly recommend this hidden gem in the town centre of St Ives. Parking can be tricky at the height of the season we parked at the rugby club and walked into the town. In my opinion, although this is smaller than some of the larger sculpture gardens, the sculptures are much more beautiful and intriguing and I would prefer to spend my time in this tranquil little oasis.
  • Lovely little museum all about the life and works of the famous sculptor, Barbara Hepworth. Takes about an hour to appreciate all of the information on display and wander through the sculpture garden. Try to go while the sun is shining to take some stunning photos of her works outside.
  • I went in May before the summer crowd in Cornwall. It was great weather and still busy enough to feel like a holiday. This museum is small and intimate and absolutely beautiful. I definitely recommend going to the museum as the sculptures are gorgeous without being over bearing. It's particularly stunning in spring and summer when all the plants are in bloom. It's slightly hidden away and high on a hill so you have ocean views. It feels like being in Greece when the sun is out, with all the white stone sculptures and island like plants.
  • This is not a huge museum but there is lots to see. The free 30 minute guide was very educational and given by a very passionate and well informed member of their team. She really brought Barbara Hepworth to life and there were lots of sculptures on display. Would recommend a visit.
  • An immersive experience in what was her home, the garden is so beautiful and full of life in both her sculptures and the surrounding trees. I also loved seeing her studio spaces where each sculpture was created.

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