Getting outdoors doesn’t have to be just strolling through the parks. There’s a lot of life and art bursting in Mercer County, and lucky for us, a lot of it is outdoors so we can safely still enjoy the arts. It may even spark some of your own creativity.
Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619
Starting with one of our favorite places to be at all times, and also a hidden gem within Mercer County. If you don’t know, this is a place where art comes to life. Walk along gazing at over 200 sculptures among a beautifully landscaped park with exotic trees and flowers. It’s a painting that has come to life and an experience that is needed right now.
Tickets are required before arriving. You can purchase timed tickets online through their website. Groups are limited to your household only.
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Princeton University Art Museum
Elm Drive, Princeton, NJ 08544
While the indoors is still closed to visitors, you can still enjoy a remarkable commission by brothers Doug and Mike Starn on their front lawn. Continue exploring across the Princeton University campus to see the other outdoor sculptures distributed throughout. The 22 sculptures were completed by master artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. To see a list of them, check out the link here.
Old Barracks Museum
101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
In this case, the museum itself is the art. And history twirled into one. Go back in time and enjoy the location which served a variety of purposes for both the British and American troops during the Revolutionary War. The museum also displays around 2,000 objects dating back to 1902, including fine art.
Reservations are required to visit the museum. Visit their website for more information.
55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
A National Historic Landmark, along with being the former home of Richard Stockton and the NJ Governor’s Mansion. While much of the art is indoors, it is currently open to the public to enjoy. Walk in to indulge in their stunning gallery of America’s history. There are several changing collections upstairs in the museum as well, along with their outdoor gardens. Also, enjoy the building itself which is situated on over 5 acres of land. It’s an incredible escape and one we recommend for visitors at any age.
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Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
The council has several beautiful exhibitions to enjoy, including their most recent The Princeton Paper Crane Project, but they also have a Stronger Together mural located outside on the corner of Witherspoon and Spring Streets, in the middle of the evolving outdoor dining/shopping action. It’s a reminder to all visitors that there is so much love and strength in supporting each other and our beloved small businesses.
Looking for more outdoor events and happenings? Check out our list here!