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Trenton, New Jersey: Grounds for Sculpture: Giant Statues

Large outdoor and indoor sculpture park. Giant Marilyn Monroe, Abe Lincoln, and other titans are frequently rotated in and out.

80 Sculptors Way, Trenton, NJ
New Jersey Tpke exit 7A. I-195 west (Trenton) to exit 60B (Princeton). I-295 north to exit 65B/Sloan Ave. W. After exit stay in right traffic lane for a quarter-mile, following signs for Grounds For Sculpture, and take the jughandle to cross over Sloan Ave. Go through the traffic light onto Klockner Rd. Take Klockner Rd. to next traffic light and turn right onto East State St. One mile and make second left turn onto Sculptors Way. A quarter-mile and turn left into entrance.
Su-M, W 10-6, Th-Sa 10-9 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $25.
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American Gothic like.

Grounds For Sculpture

A fantastic three-mile walk through the grounds of trees and open fields filled with modern art, large sculptures, and life-size sculptures of artists and people. Just amazing. Allow yourself at three hours to take it all in, if not more.

[Jeannine Williams, 03/15/2024]

Grounds For Sculpture was the brainstorm of the late Seward Johnson. Among the artworks are many of his lifelike people-statues, and some of his giant people-statues as well.

Grounds for Sculpture.

Grounds for Sculpture

This place is amazing and definitely worth a side trip. There are sculptures and statues of people all over the place. They are so realistic you have to look twice to be sure they are not real. A man sitting on a bench reading a newspaper, a woman waiting for a bus, and on and on. There is a giant statue of Marilyn Monroe, and a giant statue of the famous WWII "kiss" of the sailor and his sweetheart.

[MAP, 10/13/2014]

The one thing that keeps this attraction from a higher rating is that none of the sculptures are permanent. Marilyn and the kissing sailor, for example, will probably be in other parts of the USA in 2015.

Grounds for Sculpture

You wrote that you weren't sure that this place was worth the visit based on photos you saw online but we were just there last month and discovered that there are a lot of weird and interesting things. The weird stuff is hidden in bushes and so you have to roam around the park looking for secret pathways to find the treasures.

[Jennifer, 03/01/2010]

Bone sculpture.

Grounds for Sculpture

Grounds for Sculpture is a massive outdoor and indoor museum populated by dozens, if not hundreds of statues. Local businesses, and the town in general, have embraced the concept, and you'll find many sculptures throughout the town, including a 20 ft. molar tooth and a giant white knight on a horse. A great day trip.

[Dan Century, 12/03/2006]

Not sure about this place, based on photos we've seen. Nothing appeared to be very big, weird or amusing, so it may be more Art than Tourist Attraction. But we liked this "Bone Sculpture," which might just be a badly assembled Stonehenge.

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