Offering over 42 acres of garden space with nearly 300 sculptures, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton is one of NJ’s most amazing gems. If you’ve never been, we have good news. The beloved outdoor sculpture garden is reopening on July 30th! The dreamy space will be open Thursdays-Mondays, 10 am-6 pm.
Of course, Grounds for Sculpture has updated its safety guidelines. Until further notice, all buildings and indoor exhibitions will remain closed. In addition to standard regulations prohibiting pets, smoking, outside food, drones or sporting equipment, guests over the age of 2 are asked to socially distance themselves during their visit and to wear a mask in high traffic areas, including the front gate at entry, restrooms, narrow entrance ways, parking lots, etc.
Before your visit, you’ll need to book a timed reservation online in order to reduce physical contact upon arrival. This applies to both members and the general public as no tickets will be available on-site. For the general public, adult tickets are $18. Reduced ticket prices are available for senior citizens, active military members or veterans, students and children under the age of five. Tickets are available in 30-minute intervals and while a limited number are available, guests are allowed to stay as long as they like.
Guests are reminded that paper maps are unavailable, but an interactive map can be found here: gfsmap.org. Additionally, all onsite educational programs, events, tours and group visits are cancelled at this time.
Grounds for Sculpture was designed around sculptor and philanthropist J. Seward Johnson’s vision to create a space that made contemporary sculpture accessible in a place where anyone, no matter their background, could become comfortable with contemporary art. Building on the solid foundation set over the last 25 years, Grounds for Sculpture takes pride in its current period of transition.This commitment to art’s role in the community is emphasized in one of the current exhibitions, Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths, which sparked the discussion on how Grounds for Sculpture can be more devoted to diversity and inclusion on all levels.
Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at pop-up stands throughout the sculpture garden during your visit. The hours are Thursday-Sunday, 11 am-4 pm. While the cafes and water fountains are closed, guests are encouraged to bring their own bottled water to stay hydrated. Limited dining will also be available at the grounds’ eatery, Rat’s Restaurant. Reservations are required and can be made either online or by calling 609-584-7800. Diners are reminded, however, that at this time no walking path is available to the restaurant from the grounds. Rat’s Restaurant can be accessed at 16 Fairgrounds Rd.