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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)
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.
Hours of Operation
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)
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.
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