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The "Grounds for Sculpture" Museum


This page attempts to describe only one attraction in the town of Hamilton, New Jersey and that is the sculpture museum known as the "Grounds for Sculpture." On a hot and sunny day in late August, two friends and I set off for a place only 45 minutes from my home, but one I had never heard of. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, the "Grounds for Sculpture" is a 35-acre, artistic oasis which I venture to say most New Jerseyans have never heard of. The Grounds for Sculpture is quite possibly one of the best-kept secrets of New Jersey, along with the "Tear Drop 9/11 Memorial" in Bayonne which was a gift from the people of Russia. (Please see my "Off the Beaten Track" tip for "Tear Drop" Memorial" information.)

The Grounds for Sculpture was the brainchild of Seward Johnson, who believed that art could and should be appreciated by all. The beautifully lancdscaped grounds are the backdrop for more than 250 works of art by well-known and emerging artists.

The Grounds for Sculpture features a large and wide variety of sculpture exhibits in the outdoors as well as many housed in various buildings on the grounds -- stone, metal, re-used tires, plastics, and even synthetic molded materials lend themselves to manipulation by the artists and are open to your own interpretation.

Be sure to check the website and calendar for current exhibits, concerts, special events, speakers, and dining events at the Grounds for Sculpture. (groundsforsculpture.org)

Tours: Self - Guided or with Docent?

Anyone can do a self-guided tour of the Grounds for Sculpture and the visitor will see that great care & planning has been taken with the landscape to make it as appealing and interesting as the sculpture itself. Even if looking at art is not your favorite past time, strolling the beautiful "Grounds for Sculpture" in spring, summer or fall can be part of a most pleasurable day. Taken in context, the landscape itself becomes the "frame" for each work of art.

If you prefer to have a guided tour, these are available by appointment.
Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call Yoriko Franklin, Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616.

However: "Weekend drop-in tours are offered April - October. Drop-in tours are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm. From May 14 - September 4, 2011, there will be an additional weekend tour offered at 3pm. Reservations are not required for drop-in tours and there is no additional charge to participate. Meet Grounds For Sculpture's Volunteer Docents inside the Visitor's Center 10 minutes before the hour.

Don't forget to stop by the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts not only for any new exhibits but for the short film offered there. Also, visit the "Toad Hall Gift Shop and Gallery" where unique pieces of art & jewelery are for sale.

If You Visit the Grounds for Sculpture

Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Sunday
10am-6pm Open year-round.
Closed Mondays except Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Also closed to the public for Members only events.

A quick check of the website revealed that admission fees for 2013 remain the same as 2 years ago.

Admission Prices (2011)
Adults $12
Senior (65+) $10
Children (6-17) $8
Members and Children (5 and under) free

Pay at the entry gate and don't forget to obtain a map of the grounds.

  • Last visit to Hamilton: Aug 2010
  • Intro Updated Jul 2, 2013
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Sylvia - This was a wonderful find! I've really enjoyed touring this sculpture garden.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I like the Impressionist sculptures! Good that you found out about this place, that you hadn't known about, even though you don't live far away.

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Mar 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Malena, thanks very much for visiting and rating this Hamilton page. I think the Grounds for Sculpture is certainly would spending an afternoon visiting!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Lovely little page about the Scuptue Museum of Hamilton, although quite a few of your tips still seem to be "under construction". I like the Anti-Terrorism Memorial.

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Jul 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Thanks for your visit! Seems like you found another page where I have not finished tips in a long time. So I have finished at least 3 more here. I also like the Tear Drop Memorial and I love the story about the artist/sculptor who created it too.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Beautiful memorial, we should have more of them. Love the outdoor art and the pretty bloom is fabulous!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Just from your Intro photo alone, you have me interested in this well-hidden gem! You must have a few more photos hidden away somewhere!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2010 at 5:25 AM

    What an amazing place. So glad that you found this artistic oasis.

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