Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton

4.7
#2 of 222 in Parks in New Jersey
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.
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  • Grounds for Sculpture is my favorite place to go in New Jersey! I am one hour away but it is worth it! When my husband first took me there, I was mesmerized. I saw the Rat statue and I almost passed o...  more »
  • Go alone. Bring a friend. Spouse. Just go! Amazing things all over the place. Semi hidden ones too, waiting for you to stumble on it.  more »
  • We took advantage of a warm(er) January day and made a trip to Grounds For Sculpture to enjoy the fresh air and exercise, and we are so glad we did! I had no idea that Grounds For Sculpture is open ye...  more »
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  • An absolutely amazing place! I don't use the word "amazing" very often, but that is a perfect word to describe Grounds for Sculpture. You must go there to experience it, because there is absolutely too much to describe in this review. Just go, allow yourself plenty of time by going there fairly early in the day this spring or summer, and enjoy exploring all over this incredible park. You will immediately be taken in by everything the sculptures of all sizes, and other creations everywhere, that you see. Walk slowly - take your time - and keep your eyes wide open and look all around you, above you, and below you as well, as you walk around. You'll understand what this means when you are actually doing it! Have a wonderful time there.
  • The grounds for sculpture is a wonderful place to hang out with family and friends, especially during the spring. There are plenty of sculptures and art installations by Seward Johnson and others, including many interactive ones that you can go inside or on. I would recommend visiting the inner conversation room inside the park. It is a nice place to cool off or warm up, depending on the season, and has an interesting inside-out sculpture. During the late spring is the best time to go as the plants are in full bloom and there are water lilies under the Monet bridge. Also, be sure to make a reservation at Rats restaurant for a good meal while you are there.
  • This is a small park that consists of many different sculptures. Most of them have a French impressionist theme to them in my opinion. I really enjoy this place it was quiet and very pleasant. There are a few restaurants here and one of them is called rats and it's supposed to be very nice but we did not try it it was only open during dinner hours at the time. This is a nice place to go if you want to spend a few hours walking around the park and looking at some nice artwork. There is a small entrance fee it was around $15 or $20.
  • Wonderful place! It's an ideal place for an outing with kids. Everyone can enjoy the place even though they do know nothing about art. Ideally it is the summer is the best time to visit as most of the work is placed outside the buildings. You can see art works starting from few miles of this place. There's enough parking space. The front office people are very friendly. You can get tickets online at cheaper price, around six dollars less per person. You can see the artwork and stories behind every art with the help of projectors. You can see peacocks with beautiful feathers all around this place. Many sculptures of various sizes are located at various places. It will take at least half a day to see all the works, but if you enjoy art a whole day may not be enough. Enjoy the great place !
  • This was definitely a fun and worth while outing, but I don't think I would go back for a second trip. Sort of a been there, done that kind of place. The layout is very non-intuitive, so if you want to see everything, plan out your route with the map before you head out. On that note, to not miss anything, even if a small path doesn't look like it's supposed to be there, it probably is, so take the road less traveled to see some hidden statues. I also wish there were more informative signs, like what style of art, the history behind the piece, or even who the artist was/what the name of the piece is. It would have made the trip more informative and interesting. Side note, there is a whole building dedicated to mostly blank pieces of paper and plastic which I did not enjoy, but that is entirely subjective. Definitely worth the modest ticket price of $10-15 for a day in an interesting park.
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