Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton

4.7
#2 of 269 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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  • Beautiful 42 acre park with about 300 unique and interesting sculptures. Started by Seward Johnson. Plan to spend an entire day there. Have lunch at Rats restaurant in the park.Be sure to make a reser...  more »
  • An absolutely amazing experience! We went in late June after an early dinner. Spent about 2 hours there but only saw a small portion of the grounds (while probably seeing over 150 sculptures). Assumin...  more »
  • Wow... amazing place with a great variety os sculptures as well as flowers and different types of decorations and scenes. It’s a must go place. If you are planning to have lunch, Rat’s Restaurant is a...  more »
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  • I spent a gorgeous summer (low 80s) day at Grounds for Sculpture. It was WAY better than I could have imagined! The winding, beautifully landscaped paths led to small sculptures and often opened up to greet me with gargantuan pieces of art. The variety of trees, flowers, and art was amazing. I spent 3.5 hours and didn't even come close to seeing it all. I can't wait to come back in autumn to see how the landscape changes!
  • This place is phenomenal. Great atmosphere in every aspect. The 42 acres offers many different environments from heavily wooded forest to open fields. The sculptures are placed throughout the park in hidden corners, out in the open, and sometimes so huge that you need to take a step back to get the full picture. Brilliant idea! My favorite sculpture was hanging off one of the buildings as if it were scaling the wall. The park was enjoyed by my wife and I. We will be returning for Afterglow! UPDATE: Cant wait for next years Afterglow! I had such a great time!
  • This amazing landscape of sculptures is so well designed and contains such a variety of unique pieces, this is definitely well worth the price and your time. Sculptures can stick out and catch your eye right away or they may be tucked away, nestled in the landscape. It's a fun exploration of art in the outdoors. Prices are quite high for the eateries located within the grounds so I do recommend packing snacks or a lunch if you want to save money. However, if you are looking for something special, definitely reserve or request a table at Rat's, a Monet inspired restaurant. The food is excellent and the view on the patio - beautiful! Small children can also enjoy this unique place or art, as it encourages visitors to interact with the pieces. My only wish is that more description were available for some of the pieces or artists.
  • A must visit place if you are into art and sculptures. I would have appreciated little bit of description about the sculptures. Still it is way better than any i have seen. The map is very helpful as the sculptures are spread out. Some of them are look so real that for a second you will not be able to distinguish them with the crowd. Plan atleast 3 hours to visit.
  • It was my first time there, and it was amazing I love all the beautiful sculptures and the landscape was amazing. I actually didn't plan on going here, I happen to be driving pass and seen signs for it and just happen to stumble upon it. It's so tranquil and breath taking. This will be my escape place when I want to just go and enjoy some quality me time!
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