Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton

4.7
#2 of 138 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. 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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  • August 12, 2017
    Brought my 12-year-old daughter here for a mother/daughter day trip. What a wonderful day we had!! We enjoyed looking at all the sculptures for 5 hours. She especially loved the water sculptures. I lo...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Our favorite sculpture park. Our favorite place to take guests visiting from out of town. Our favorite place to be in all New Jersey. The Grounds are big enough to spend an entire day exploring. It co...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I have been hearing great reviews about this place for such a long time and we finally made the trip 2 weeks ago. It is absolutely amazing. The sculptures are so unique. The doorways lead to beautiful...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    What a gem...beautiful grounds with surprises around every corner. Fantastic works of art at each turn. Rats restaurant is not to be missed. Tours are offered twice a day and are very informative. There are several cafes to get a bite, although when busy there can be a long line for service. I love this place so much I became a member.
  • June 9, 2017
    Beautiful grounds, peacocks are funny and cute to watch. So many places to walk around the grounds to see sculptures and smaller modeled items. Inside main welcoming building has two larger rooms often open for viewing, they have added new buildings as well. Love going to this place! So fun and always something new or changed to see.
  • May 6, 2017
    1st time here and boy was it fun. Everything from the simple statues to the real complicated ones. I became a different actor for every single one of them. The artist who did these wonderful master piece did an incredible job and it shows. I appreciate the whole experience. Me and my family had a great time. I highly recommend this place to anyone who appreciates art and just want to have a great time exploring. Loved it and I will definitely come back.
  • June 25, 2017
    Wow! This is truly a hidden gem in NJ. It is very hard to describe and is very much a "you need to see it for yourself " kind of place. But see it you must. You can go it alone or hop on a tour. I recommend a tour first to get the lay of the land as this place is huge. We loved it so much, we purchased a family membership so we can return again and again. There are events throughout the year and it is open year round.
  • July 6, 2017
    An easy afternoon trip from the Philly area. It's probably worth a couple of afternoons to best appreciate all the sculpture on display here. The layout encourages you to meander and take in many different sculpture styles. Newer indoor galleries are now part of the grounds and offer further styles to appreciate.

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