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Grounds For Sculpture

Hamilton, NJ, Pennsylvania

Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park and museum, and Rat's Restaurant offers a full complement of resources and services for a wide range of social, private, and corporate functions at this top event venue in Central New Jersey. So many events–from weddings and holiday parties to trade shows and lectures–have been inspired by the unique interplay of nature and art. Grounds For Sculpture features more than 270 contemporary sculptures throughout the museum, sculpture garden, and arboretum which is framed by nature on 42 picturesque acres.

Whether it's an intimate wedding reception or an out-of-the-box corporate planning session overlooking the magical landscape of Rat's Restaurant and Grounds For Sculpture, only the inspired cuisine and the dedicated staff's attention to detail rival the setting itself.

Constellation Culinary, exclusively at Grounds For Sculpture, brings the exceptional dining experiences of the renowned Rat’s Restaurant and the extraordinary expertise of Constellation to the world of special events. Combining delicious cuisine, unparalleled presentation and stellar service, Constellation Culinary Group at Grounds For Sculpture re-invents the traditional event, creating a one-of-a-kind sensory experience unlike any other. Our exceptional staff provides award-winning menus for small and large groups with food and beverage packages which may be customized to meet your specific needs and budget. Click here to see what we are doing to keep you safe!

  • Rat’s Restaurant

    A relaxing escape designed to feel reminiscent of the town of Giverny, France.  Whimsical and elegant, Rat’s offers beautiful views in every season and is the perfect location for any type of celebration, seating private spaces for 15 guests to 180 guests.

  • The Pavilion:  Unique and memorable octagon shaped paneled pavilion on Rat’s terrace overlooking our lotus & coy pond.  Seats 70 for a plated dinner, 80 for a cocktail event. 

  • Chef’s Table: Private farm table located in Rat’s kitchen featuring a special menu created by our Chef.  Rental available for up to 10 guests.

  • Toad Hall: Toad Hall is a recently renovated private suite located near Rat’s circular entry drive.  This intimate space accommodates a private bar and lounge complete with a working fireplace, a 20 seat board room with full AV capabilities including a large plasma screen with laptop connection accessibility and a private restroom.  Maximum capacity 50 guests.  *May be used as a bridal suite for Rat’s weddings.

  • East Gallery: 5200 square foot contemporary art gallery seating up to 350 guests with a dance area. The gallery space opens to an outdoor space walled with yew hedges, inspired by those commonly grown in France.  This space is equipped with AV capabilities and rental includes access to the Grounds for all attending guests the day of your event, tables & chairs, staging and Wi-Fi.

  • West Gallery: 3300 sq. ft. contemporary art gallery seating 80 guests with a dance area.  The West Gallery is perfect for corporate gatherings, meeting space and wedding cocktail hour.  Rental includes access to the grounds for all attending guests, the day of your event, tables & chairs, staging and wireless internet.

  • Van Gogh Café: A whimsical indoor café boasting a mural inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night painted on the ceiling.  Available after 5pm for private rental.  Perfect for cocktail hour or dinner parties of 75 guests or less.

  • Seward Johnson Gallery: Seward Johnson’s private gallery.  A beautiful and exclusive option for your cocktail reception, holding up to 180 guests.

  • AuditoriumOur auditorium is available for daytime meetings, evening events and is fully equipped with AV, sound and wireless internet.  Rental includes tables, chairs and entry onto the Grounds for all attending guests on the day of your event.  This space holds 100 guests for seated dinner or cocktail event and 180 guests seated lecture style.

  • Orientation Room:  This intimate space is available for daytime meetings, evening events and comes fully equipped with AV and wireless internet.  Rental includes tables, chairs and entry onto the Grounds for all attending guests the day of your event.  The Orientation Room holds 40 guests for seated dinner, 60 guests for a cocktail event or seated lecture style.

  • The Board Room:  This executive space is available for all day meetings and comes fully equipped with AV and wireless internet.  The rental includes tables, chairs and entry onto the Grounds for all attending guests the day of your event.  The Board Room holds 30 guests at one long conference table or 50 guests classroom style.

  • Gazebo:  A charming oasis in the heart of the gardens featuring a large lotus pond and observation tower.  Lovely destination for cocktail receptions or picnics.

  • Water Garden:  Intimate garden setting with a variety of designed water gardens and hardscaped nooks and crannies. The Water Garden is the perfect setting for wedding cocktail hour or an al fresco corporate lunch retreat.

  • Peacock Run/American Gothic:  Large open area available for tented events such as weddings, corporate retreats or fundraisers.

  • Nine Muses:  The Nine Muses is a stunning ceremony location.  This contemporary stone & granite garden features a lotus water moat and privacy from a wall of towering arborvitae. This garden can seat up to 350 guests for a ceremony.  Ceremony chairs come included with rental.

  • Amphitheater:  A secluded wooded glen perfect for a ceremony or outdoor lecture or concert featuring River Birch, Katsura, Weeping Beech and Southern Magnolia, with massive granite blocks which create ample seating for 126 guests.  Ceremony chairs are optional and included with the rental.

Contact us today to schedule a visit to this beautiful Central New Jersey wedding venue!

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Contact Person Kathleen Newman
Phone (609) 584-7800, Ext. 106
Address 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ, 08619
Is your facility handicapped accessible Yes
Is outside kosher catering permitted? Yes
Is kosher catering available No
Is the facility indoor only, outdoor only, or both? Indoor and Outdoor
Does your facility have guest rooms No
Does your facility have air conditioning Yes
Maximum capacity with dancing 350
Maximum capacity without dancing 400
Rental fees

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