COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update


Walter Dusenbery, Damascus Gate, 2002, MATERIAL: stone: travertine, DIMENSIONS: overall: 240 in x 176 in x 51 in, EDITION: Unique, CREDIT: Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, © Artist or Artist’s Estate, photo: David Michael Howarth Photography.

Dear Friends,

First and foremost, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy. These are challenging times for all of us, with so much uncertainty every day.

GFS Temporary Closing

The museum, park, and offices at GFS are temporarily closed due in response to COVID-19. We will reopen once our governor gives permission, and we have determined we can do so safely for our employees and visitors. We take this seriously. The park was designed to be a safe haven, retreat, and a place to feel welcomed and relaxed. The restorative and joyful experience of Grounds For Sculpture is needed more than ever at this time. We hope you will support the gardens when we reopen and we hope that the gardens bring peace to all who visit.

The American Alliance of Museums is projecting 30% of museums will not be able to survive this crisis and will be forced to close permanently.  Our priority is ensuring GFS can survive this crisis. If you would like to support Grounds For Sculpture, please consider a donation or joining as a member. If that is not possible at this time, we hope you will support us when we open by visiting.

GFS Will Operate With Limited Staff
We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult period.

Rats Restaurant
Schedule and programming at Rats Restaurant may vary slightly from that of GFS. Please see Rat’s hours at

In the interim, we invite you to explore our collection of 400+ works on our website and our interactive map, which features sculpture and horticulture throughout the grounds—a chance to discover something new and maybe learn even more about a longtime favorite.

Any organizational updates will be announced via this page, email, and social media.

All our best,
Grounds For Sculpture


Grounds For Sculpture is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit


For additional information, please visit the following websites:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
NJ Department of Health
Mercer County Department of Health

Updated: 3/26/2020

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We have received many questions about whether the opening of state parks includes Grounds For Sculpture. Please note at this time we remain closed. 

As a nonprofit organization we are not part of the state parks system and we are not yet permitted to open. We are watching the situation closely. When we are permitted to open, we are determined to do so in way that is safe for our staff, volunteers and visitors.

We know the value of being out in nature and experiencing art is all the more important and restorative during these uncertain times. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to experience GFS later this season when we are permitted and able to reopen. We are tending the garden to ensure we are ready when the time comes.

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