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Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton

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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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  • Great park for sculptures. I'd also recommend the restaurant Rat's. I spent 2 hours and did not see the entire grounds. 
    Great park for sculptures. I'd also recommend the restaurant Rat's. I spent 2 hours and did not see the entire grounds.  more »
  • Loved being surprised and awed around every bend in this lush artistic landscape, every nook of bamboo held magical scenes of beauty 
    Loved being surprised and awed around every bend in this lush artistic landscape, every nook of bamboo held magical scenes of beauty  more »
  • I went here with my family, including young kids, ages 7 & 5. We all loved it. It was so much fun walking around and exploring the scuptures. Don't be afraid to bring the kids. We even ate at Rat's... 
    I went here with my family, including young kids, ages 7 & 5. We all loved it. It was so much fun walking around and exploring the scuptures. Don't be afraid to bring the kids. We even ate at Rat's...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Thorough enjoyed this visit. One could easily spend an entire day there. The sculptures are very realistic and well positioned. It reminds me a little of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The mist effect was really nice. The benches provided areas to stop and take in surroundings. We especially enjoyed the sculptures on the bus ride from the station to the Sculpture park. The only thing for us was the exorbitant prices at the Van Gogh cafe (only 1 open)... I mean $2 for a banana?! Really?! I don't agree with that... We did purchase the spinach and ricotta pie for $5 each... didn't do much to ease hunger but it was tasty. Customer service throughout was great. Nice day out, highly recommended.
  • What a great place for the price. This was a very fun day trip adventure for my girlfriend and I. All the work here was extremely interesting and the whole place is decently sized. It became a little crowded around noon but there were so many spots you can escape to it almost felt like there was hardly any one there at moments. Would recommend to anyone just looking for a good outdoorsy type time whether in a group or alone!

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