Grounds for Sculpture

Grounds For Sculpture exhibits works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. Centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible via major highways and public rail systems. Open year-round, special exhibitions, programs, and events are scheduled for your education and enjoyment.

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey is one of the best year round things to do in New Jersey. Utilizing both outdoor gardens and two indoor settings, Grounds for Sculpture can be appreciated even during inclement weather. The manicured landscaping of the Grounds for Sculpture combine with the variety of the pieces found here to give visitors a truly unique experience. Perhaps more than any other New Jersey attraction, natural beauty and human creativity come together here.

Special events are a part of the calendar at Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton, including live music during the summer months in the outdoor section of the property. There are also guided tours of the art available periodically, so be sure to ask the staff of Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey what special events or tours are offered during your visit.

In addition to events for you to watch and listen to, you can participate in the creativity that makes Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton such an excellent place. Art workshops are offered to beginners of all ages. Sometimes children can learn aspects of sculpting during a kids’ workshop, and the next workshop offered will be exclusively for adults who want to learn to sculpt.

Grounds for Sculpture 

18 Fairgrounds Road

Hamilton, NJ 08619

P. (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

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Contact Person: Yoriko Franklin

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

Grounds for Sculpture reserves the right to close to the general public for special events throughout the year.

Admission Prices

Adults: $12

Senior (65+): $10

Children (6-17): $8

Members and Children (5 and under): Free

Current Exhibitions

Team Building and Scavenger Hunt

Group Lunches

Restaurants

Group Activities

Download Park Map

Parking:

Grounds For Sculpture has ample, free parking on a first-come, first-serve basis. During peak traffic to the park, you may be directed to park in a satellite lot. Tram service is provided from that lot for your convenience.

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School and Youth Group Field Trips

School and Youth Group Field Trips

Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Every year over 500 guided tours are offered at Grounds For Sculpture. Volunteer Docents undergo extensive training and research in preparation for tours.  Docents are available to lead tours for a variety of groups.  For anyone interested in a less structured tour of the park, self-guided tour maps and exhibition catalogues are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Self-guided maps of the grounds and exhibition brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call the Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

School groups with advance reservation can visit GFS for a modest fee. In addition, guided tours can be arranged for school groups of 50 students or less at no additional charge.

Special events are a part of the calendar at Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton, including live music during the summer months in the outdoor section of the property. There are also guided tours of the art available periodically, so be sure to ask the staff of Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey what special events or tours are offered during your visit.

In addition to events for you to watch and listen to, you can participate in the creativity that makes Grounds for Sculpture Hamilton such an excellent place. Art workshops are offered to beginners of all ages. Sometimes children can learn aspects of sculpting during a kids’ workshop, and the next workshop offered will be exclusively for adults who want to learn to sculpt.

Visitors to Grounds For Sculpture can learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs, including:

  • Hands-on art-making workshops for adults and children;
  • Artist residencies and demonstrations;
  • Lectures from artists and experts
  • Tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers and touch tours for the visually challenged.

Work on an activity together! Sculpture Search in the Park activity sheets are available in the Visitor’s Center.  These activity sheets will help guide you through an educational journey in the park while learning about sculpture.  Family Exhibition Guides change seasonally and are available for pickup at all information desks. These activity sheets relate specifically to the rotating exhibitions in our indoor galleries.

School or educational groups with advance reservations receive a greatly reduced park admission fee Tuesday-Friday.

The park also offers several day-long events during the year which feature activities for every member of the family. For more information, please visit our tours page or contact the Tour Coordinator atyfranklin@groundsforsculpture.org

Family Trips and Programs

Workshops for families provide a venue for intergenerational groups to create art together. In these workshops, adults assist children in brainstorming ideas as well as aid with the creation of the artwork. In addition to specially scheduled family workshops, drop-in family workshops are regularly featured during our special events, such as Groundhog’s Day, A Day at the Fair, Anniversary Arts Party, Summer Social and Lights On. Past family workshops have included bubble wrap sculptures, story collages, and natural pigment creation.

Grounds For Sculpture is an amazing venue where you can experience art firsthand! Throughout the year, Grounds For Sculpture offers hands-on art workshops for students of all ages, from early childhood through adult learners. Workshops taught by artist instructors are an opportunity to engage in the art-making process and expand your creative skills! Please check our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of current workshops.

Workshops for children are extremely popular at Grounds For Sculpture.

  • Tots on Tour, designed for early childhood learners age 3-5, meets monthly, year-round. This program is designed and taught by a certified art teacher. The theme and lesson changes once per month. Tots on Tour features a story time, a child-friendly tour of selected sculptures in the park, and hands-on art making. Projects explore various art media, such as painting, printmaking, collage and more!
  • Young Artist Workshops serve two age groups, children 6-9 and children 10-14. These workshops complement Grounds For Sculpture’s exhibitions by exploring art media and techniques based upon featured artists. Class size is limited and children have the opportunity to work closely with the artist instructor. Young Artist Workshops are very popular and spaces fill-up fast!

Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Every year over 500 guided tours are offered at Grounds For Sculpture. Volunteer Docents undergo extensive training and research in preparation for tours.  Docents are available to lead tours for a variety of groups.  For anyone interested in a less structured tour of the park, self-guided tour maps and exhibition catalogues are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Self-guided maps of the grounds and exhibition brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call the Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

Free Drop-in Tours

APRIL-OCTOBER Tours may be available at 11am and/or 1pm
NOVEMBER Tours are offered at 1pm
DECEMBER Tours are limited to Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

(All of the above Drop-In tours are dependent on docent availability)

We suggest calling 609-586-0616 before visiting, to confirm that a drop-in tour is scheduled for the date/time of the visit. Please note that the park is closed on Mondays.  Reservations are not required and there is no additional charge for the tours. On arrival, to confirm place in a tour, a sign-up in the Visitor’s Center is required. Sign-up is available one hour prior the scheduled start of the tour. All registrants should meet their Volunteer Docent in the Visitor’s Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

Please note that Drop-In Tour size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All Drop-In Tours are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather and availability of docents.

Educator Programs

Enhance your teaching practice by participating in a professional development workshop at Grounds For Sculpture!

Professional development sessions at Grounds For Sculpture include:

  • A hands-on art workshop,
  • Information on how to connect to Core Content Standards,
  • Pre-and post-visit suggestions for the classroom,
  • Collaborative brainstorming exercises and a professional development certificate for each participant.

Past topics have included Patternmaking in 2D and 3D, Kinetic Sound Sculpture, and Watercolor Texture Casting.  Special topics can be designed for your group through discussion with the Education Department. As a registered professional development provider, professional development certificates can be provided for all adult workshops upon request.

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