Grounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, New Jersey 08619
Brooke Barrie - Director/Curator
Grounds For Sculpture, a non-profit organization supported by a public charitable foundation, has become recognized as a leading showcase for contemporary sculpture since its inaugural exhibition in 1992. Its site was formerly a part of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds. The two museum buildings, each 10,000 square feet, provide indoor spaces for seasonally changing one-person and group exhibitions. They were originally state fair exhibit halls built in the 1920s and 40s that have been renovated and modernized to provide open, light-filled galleries while maintaining the integrity of the original structures. The surrounding flat, barren grounds were extensively reconfigured and landscaped. Thousands of rose bushes, rhododendrons and other flowering shrubs, along with multiple varieties of ornamental grasses and evergreen and deciduous trees, were planted to form a serene, arboretum-like park. This verdant setting forms the background approximately 200 large-scale contemporary sculptures, ranging stylistically from geometric abstraction to life-like figurative representations, and executed in either traditional media or more recently adapted industrial materials. By prominent and emerging American and international artists, some pieces are in the sculpture park's growing collection, while others are on loan for terms of at least one year.
Thirty-five acres of landscaped sculpture sites, courtyards, sculpture walls, and water features. Rotating work features national and international artists including: Abakanowicz, Meadmore and Segal.
Open to the public
Tuesday - Sunday, 10am- 6pm, year round.
Grounds For Sculpture reserves the right to close to the general public for special events throughout the year.
Seniors (65+) and Students (13+) $8
Children (6-12) $6
Members and Children (5 and under) Free
General brochures available by mail.
Exhibition companion pieces available for sale at the Information Desk. Exhibition catalogues are for sale in the Grounds For Sculpture Museum Shop.
Educational programs include artist lectures in conjunction with current exhibitions, guided tours of the sculpture park given by volunteer docents, special events and family activity books.
The "Cafe‚" in the Domestic Arts Building serves a light lunch and beverages. The "Gazebo" is open seasonally and serves beverages and snacks.
"Rat's," a full service restaurant located in the office complex adjacent to Grounds For Sculpture, offers a gourmet lunch and dinner. The entrance to "Rat's" is on Fairgrounds Road just past the sculpture park's main gate. Both restaurants are open year-round.
The Grounds For Sculpture Museum Shop is located in the Domestic Arts Building. "Toad Hall Shop and Gallery" is located next to "Rat's".
Restrooms, water fountains, and public telephones are in both the Museum Building and the Domestic Arts Building.