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 »
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.
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