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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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  • 1 - Timed entry! Get your tickets online 2 - Virtual maps, or, print your own ahead of time 3 - Lots of shade and air conditioned spaces 4 - Da sculptures! Should have made this #1 but forgot...  more »
  • Great day trip, had heard about this from friends and it was every thing they said and more! A delightful day and fun for all ages!!  more »
  • One of the most uplifting surprises. We did not know what to expect. It turned out to be whimsical, magical, full of discoveries. It is a fantastic place for a romantic walk, a walk with kids...  more »
  • A wealth of cultural awareness in New Jersey! Such a wonderful place to spend the day. The Peacock Cafe was so delicious. If you are lucky, you might be sharing a stroll with a few of feathered friends! The sculptures are so beautiful. Lovely to walk through the paths and marvel at such unique and unexpected art.
  • What an amazing place. These photos capture just a small amount of what you will see. Sculptures of people, so real life you will mistake others for sculptures. There are the abstract and unnamed for you to ponder. There are inside areas that have exhibits that change. A small snack bar is available. Check the website for details of current and up coming exhibits. There is a fee to enter the grounds. Check for cost and availability. I find that before the Sun sets and dusk to be a great time. Some of the sculptures are in groves of Trees and Bamboo. There is low ground lighting to illuminate those art works. Not a place to be missed.
  • The grounds are well kept and the sculptures were nice! I also really enjoyed one of their inside exhibits that experimented with both material and digital art. The attendant in the room was super helpful in guiding me through the exhibit as well as providing insightful information. I didn’t get a chance to try any of the food but they did have a few options to choose from! Adult price tickets are a little on the pricey side but not unreasonable...I definitely think it’s worth the money. :)
  • Beautiful place for a day trip. Repeat value and I’d love to go in any season! Accessible for anyone almost. Shade for when it got hot and very clean. Only complaint was that they were mowing and blowing leaves around 10-11am when we were there so it was hard to relax and take in some of the quite and meditative time we were hoping for.
  • It was absolutely beautiful! There's so much to see, plan to spend at least three or four hours, a little more if you grab a bite to eat. The weather was great and it worked out going later in the afternoon to avoid the hot sun. We were excited to go to Happy Hour at the Beer Garden (4-6:00) so we got admission tickets for 3:00. (We missed Happy Hour because we couldn't find the location on the grounds, next time.) Best to get your tickets online. Check with your local library for free museum tickets, some of them do have them before you buy (you can make a donation if you do get free tickets.)

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