Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton
Categories: Nature & Parks
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 visited GFS on a lovely fall Saturday and spent the whole day ( about four and a half hours) enjoying all there was to see and do. The park is quite large with every path leading to little side pat... read more »
I've lived in Jersey all of my life, and never heard the words, "grounds for sculpture" until a facebook "friend" posted about it. Inspired by the beautiful scenery, I began to research. Upon finding ... read more »
My husband and I made a last-minute decision to visit this attraction, about an hour from our home. What a great decision! We went on a Friday in October, so there were no lines or crowds, I would rec... read more »
I've been a member for several years because I want to (and do) visit several times a year. I always bring out-of-town guests, go often with friends and family, and have started going alone occasionally because I can't get enough. There are so many good things I have to say about this place. Let me start with what made me fall in love with it: it is PERFECT for children of all ages. It is everything a parent wants in a child's life: nature, walking around, seeing animals, secret hiding places, surprises around every corner, art on a grand scale, art as architecture, art as part of the natural environment, humor & whimsy, interactive displays, education, peacefulness, contemplation, water features, healthy & delicious food choices, hidden seating, changing indoor art galleries for something new and a little refreshing A/C, family day activities, hills to roll down, and the wide open sky above.
Beautiful area with tons to see and do. It is amazing how large the sculptures are! The Peacock area was really cool. Will definitely go back again when it is less warm outside (it was in the 90's and sunny when we went) because there isn't too much shade to go around.
This is one of my favorite places ever. They have a large area and they put a lot of effort into partnering the landscape with the sculptures. There are three buildings which have exhibitions, two of which have rotating exhibits, but everything else is outside. The placement of the sculptures is meant to look random and organic, but its clear that there was a lot of work that went into it. They have a lot of winding paths with high bushes or walls or thick screens of trees to make it so that there is a new surprise everywhere you go. And all the displays are so whimsical and creative and unique, it definitely makes it a worthy experience. They have a lot of different statues, but they are definitely best known for their realistic sculptures scattered around the park. They are so well done and organically posed that sometimes its difficult to tell what is a statue and what isn't. Some of them are meant to look like modern people doing ordinary things, while others are meant to be inspired by Impressionist and Romantic art. Its an amazing place that also has great food and is always hosting interesting events. If youre nearby you should definitely check it out. You should set aside four hours if you're planning to go, but you can definitely take much longer
This place is just okay. The statues you see from the roads on the way in or out are significantly more impressive than the ones on the actual grounds. We went on a weekend in near 90 degree weather and most of the locations that were listed as cafés on the map were closed so we couldn't restock on water. It's a nice area to just have a relaxing walk and day out and there are a lot of neat hidden statues. I probably wouldn't visit this place more than once or twice.
A truly hidden gem in our region. It took years for us to learn about GfS but now that we know about it, we're members and visit several times a year. Their giant sized sculptures are incredible and the grounds are beautiful. The creativity and whimsy leave you smiling. Remember Rats restaurant. Yes, bad name, but delicious food. If you can, sit outside and enjoy the beautiful pond and peaceful setting.
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