Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!
Volunteer Docents led over 1000 tours for Grounds For Sculpture guests in 2015. GFS Docents have undergone extensive training and research in preparation for leading tours and 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 brochures are available in the Welcome Center.
Free Walk-in Tours
To confirm availability of Walk-In Tours on a given day, guests should call 609-586-0616 the day of their visit. The park is closed on Mondays, except Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Please note that Walk-In Tour size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. All tours are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather or docent availability.
Outdoor Walk-In Tours are sculpture centered tours of the 42 acre grounds. These tours may be offered at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, based on docent availability. Guests should sign-up for these 60 minute tours in the SJCA Welcome Center at the INFO Desk.
Indoor Walk-In Tours are available in each of the buildings, the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts, the Museum and the Domestic Arts Building. Guests should sign-up to participate in the corresponding building. These 30 minute tours are offered mid-day based on docent availability.
Tours in Spanish will be available as part of Grounds For Sculpture’s Big Read programming. Explore the grounds with a Spanish speaking guide during these tours, which will take place on Saturdays at 11am and 1pm, beginning on Saturday, May 7th and ending on Saturday, June 25th. Guests should sign up at the Big Read information table in the Welcome Center.
HortiSculpture Tours offer insight into the relationship between the art and landscape of GFS. Over the course of 90 minutes, docents provide information on the science of individual plants while guiding participants’ exploration of select works on view. These tours are available every Thursday and Saturday at 11:00am, May through October. Guests should sign-up in the SJCA Welcome Center at the INFO Desk to participate.
Touch Tours are available for the visually impaired. Specially designed with the help of The NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Touch Tour features a variety of outdoor sculptures that can be handled with care while the work is described by a Volunteer Docent. For more information or to arrange a touch tour, please contact the Tour Coordinator at (609) 249-0200.
Accessibility Cart Tours are available without additional cost, by reservation, for people with mobility challenges. This cart is wheelchair accessible and the docent trained driver provides a limited guided tour of the park. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the Guest Services Department at (609) 586-0616.