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Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton
(4.7/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan your Grounds For Sculpture visit and explore what else you can see and do in Hamilton using our Hamilton holiday planner.
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  • We recently visited the Grounds for Sculpture for the 2nd time. The first time, many years ago, we just walked around and enjoyed the sculptures. The time we signed up for a tour with a doyen. It grea...  more »
  • Would highly recommend a stop here. Grounds are great to walk around, sculptures can be both whimsical and life like, others are stone, some metal. There are a few places on the grounds to eat. Depend...  more »
  • What a treat! We had a perfect autumn day and the sculpture garden was wonderful. The grounds and art work were exquisite. It was such a delight to see children and adults alike enjoy this wonderful p...  more »
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  • Always have a fun time here. The grounds are always clean but some sculptures could use some wiping down, especially after rain; there is a lot of sitting water (mosquito breeding grounds). Would like a better map to navigate my way around, was hard to locate a restroom. Some description for each sculpture would be a great addition for those not getting a tour. Some more options for grabbing a drink or snack would be great too!
  • My boyfriend and I came for an anniversary weekend. We had a blast exploring the gardens, making up our own commentary (I'm not sure others appreciated, and we ate at both the Van Gogh Cafe and Rat's Restaurant. My boyfriend said the sandwich he had today was one of the best he had in his life. We did not take the guy that or because we wanted to take our time, and explore the place together on our own. You can get caught up in groups of people, and if you go on a weekend expect children.
  • MOST FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT. I AM PLANNING TO BECOME A MEMBER . LOVE THE SCULPTURES. I LOVE ART AND I LOVE TO WALK SO GREAT COMBINATION. ALL I NEED IS A PERSON THAT I AM REALLY SWEET ON TO WALK WITH ME LOTS OF PLACES TO GRAB A QUICK KISS OR FEEL LOL
  • Such a relaxing place to hang out with a loved one. I love the cafe even if it is a little pricey, I justify it by telling myself it's going towards a great group of people.
  • Great Fun with surprising sculptures around every corner. Many of Seward Johnson's works are three dimensional versions of famous paintings (Grant Wood's American Gothic, Renoir's Boating Party...). As you view the work, you can walk around, touch and be a part of the art -- getting inside the piece. It was great fun!! We stayed 4 hours and would have been happy to stay longer. There is a short overview film and indoor works in a few buildings but most of the artwork is outside, so be prepared to walk and don't forget your camera -- you'll want it!