Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619 / website
Finally we got a chance to check out Grounds for Sculpture right outside Princeton, New Jersey. Grounds for Sculpture is 42 acres of exploration, a sculpture everywhere you look, and a few peacocks.
- If you buy tickets on-line they cost slightly less then buying them when you arrive. Instead of $15 an adult ticket on-line is $10.
- Kids 5 and under are FREE
- You need timed tickets from April-September (like Longwood Gardens)
- Parking is FREE
- For some sculptures clothing is optional 🙂
The entire place is meant for people from all backgrounds to be able to explore modern sculpture with nature as its backdrop. Kids run around the grounds freely. Through hallways of trees, tunnels and around every corner they stumble upon classic paintings that have been brought to life in sculpture as well as modern pieces that take a little more investigation. We had already run over the Monet bridge before I realized Grounds for Sculpture set the stage for us to be apart of a living scene from the Water Lily Pond painting c.1899.
Sometimes you came upon a scene and felt like you were intruding upon someone’s afternoon.
Another time it was as if they had naturally framed a life sized scene from a Renoir painting and popped it right in front of you.
Each sculpture has a small red or green plaque. A green plaque means you can touch the sculpture and a red plaque means hands off. The are three places to eat: Peacock (upon special request will pack a picnic basket for you), Van Gogh Cafe, and one more formal called Rat’s. Grounds for Sculpture is a great place to have a picnic. Toss a blanket, soccer ball, and your own picnic spread in the car and you have the makings of a great day. The Grounds for Sculpture provides the perfect backdrop and views. It is up to you what you make of it.
- Download a copy of Park-Map before you go. The one they give you is very general map, because the sculptures rotate, but I would have loved more details on the different sculpture as we came upon them.
- You will have some “off the beaten path” moments but overall it was pretty wheelchair and stroller friendly.
- There are benches everywhere which is great for us because for a city kid Ollie acts like a 100 year old man when you ask him to take a walk.
- There is shade but you should bring sunblock and hats for sure.
- There are bathrooms “everywhere” but use the one in the main admissions building. When we went some exhibit halls were closed and honestly in a mini mom panic of a kid needing to use a bathroom… it is hard to orient yourself and figure out where one exactly is.