“New Jersey’s foremost sculpture park & museum”
In 1984, J. Seward Johnson, sculptor and philanthropist, envisioned a public sculpture garden and museum in Hamilton, NJ. His desire was to make contemporary sculpture as an art form more accessible and to offer people from all backgrounds the opportunity to become comfortable with contemporary art. Grounds For Sculpture was conceived as a place where audiences could experience sculpture in a familiar, accessible, and informal setting.Construction on the sculpture park began in 1989 on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds; Grounds For Sculpture opened to the general public in 1992. Since its inception, the park has built a collection of over 240 works, including sculptures by renowned artists Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Kiki Smith, and New Jersey sculptor George Segal. Some of the works in the collection were commissioned specifically for the sculpture park, such as Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Space of Stone and New Jersey artist Isaac Witkin’s Garden State. Work on the park and sculpture acquisitions were financed by public tax-exempt bonds and private foundations associated with founder J. Seward Johnson.Since 2000, Grounds For Sculpture is a public not-for-profit corporation with a Board of Trustees overseeing the successful operation of New Jersey’s foremost sculpture park and museum. As a not-for-profit and public institution, Grounds For Sculpture relies on the support of visitors, art patrons, donations and grants to offer its rich programs and activities each year.
This was our favorite stop on our most recent road trip! It was such fun to explore the grounds. Everything and anything could be a sculpture. We could have spent an entire day there exploring the grounds, but only got to see part of it during the morning we allotted for our visit. I would really enjoy visiting again to see what I missed and to explore the inside exhibits as well. Lots to do and lots to see! If you enjoy sculptures and walking, this is the place for you :-)
I live nearby GFS and have visited several times. Each time I discover something new or get the chance to see the works in a different season. Check out the special events on their website, always something cool going on. Highly recommend the Rats restaurant too which is located in the back of the grounds! Great place to spend a half day!
This was an absolutely fantastic find. The Sculpture Garden is beautiful and very fun. We also ate dinner at The Rats restaurant on campus and had a wonderful meal. I highly recommend this stop.
The grounds are also the new home of the famous "Forever Marilyn" statue that was in Chicago and Palm Springs! It's a 26-foot-tall statue of Marilyn in 'Seven Year Itch' and it debuted at the garden on May 2, 2014.
Pretty awesome place. Went there twice and still have not seen the whole grounds. Peacock cafe has pretty good food. Also heard rats restaurant was good but I haven't tried it myself. Great scenery for a day trip no matter what age group.
Phenomenal place. Literally every corner had a hidden gem. Brilliant mix of ultra realistic statues and abstract work.
Literally the coolest place, i had intended just to swing through but ended up staying for over two hours. And they have student discounts! Super helpful staff. When I asked where I would go to enter the garden, the girl at the desk kinda smiled and just said, "Pretty much anywhere, go get lost". Best advice.
What an awesome display of sculptures. My daughter and i thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit. We would love to return with the whole family. It was worth the stop.
Fabulous amazing place! Highly recommend as a wonderful adventure of exploring and discovering! If I lived nearby I would certainly be a member so I could discover all the nooks and crannies of this park. Great place to take the kids, great place to go on a date, great place to wander and get lost. So much fun!
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Grounds For Sculpture
- Sun, Tue, Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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