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12 Free Sculpture Parks Around the World That Are Absolutely Magical  

Picture of India Irving
Social Media Editor
Updated: 20 October 2017
Do you love art but get claustrophobic in museums? The sculpture park is your answer! An incredible way to take in art that’s set in nature instead of a sterile gallery environment, these outdoor artistic havens are an opportunity to breathe fresh air, lounge on the grass and enrich yourself with beautiful art all at the same time. From Seattle to New Zealand, here are 12 free sculpture parks all around the world that are truly not be missed.
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Zak Ové, Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Blackness, 2016 – 17 | Courtesy Modern Forms, Vigo Gallery, the artist and YSP. Photo © Jonty Wilde

The first and premiere sculpture park in the UK, and the largest in Europe, YSP is open every day of the year except for Christmas Even and Christmas Day. It is set on 500 acres of land and aside from its impressive permanent collections also presents a series of stellar temporary exhibitions all throughout the year. Artists exhibited at YSP include Ai Weiwei, Henry Moore and James Turrell amongst a myriad of other art world greats.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4JX

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Middleheim Open Air Sculpture Museum

Richard Deacon, Never Mind, 1993–2017 | © Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Werner J. Hannappel.

This beautiful spot in Antwerp is open everyday except Mondays and few public holidays and is entirely dedicated to outdoor sculpture. Dogs and food are welcome in this free haven, so bring a picnic and take in some truly incredible artwork.

Middelheimlaan 61, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium

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Socrates Sculpture Park

Hosting an artist’s residency, community events, educational activities, movie screenings and, of course, exceptional sculpture, this New York City, open-air gallery and public park is open every single day of the year from 9am to sunset.

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Ekebergparken

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Ekebergparken | © Ivar Kvaal / Ekebergparken

View epic sculptural works any day of the year by artists old and new, including Salvador Dali, Auguste Rodin, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas.

Ekebergparken, 0193 Oslo, Norway

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Lough Boora Discovery Park

Specialising in land-based and environmental sculptures, this Irish paradise is home to 24 innovative artworks and can be enjoyed 365 days a year.

Lough Boora Discovery Park, Boora Leabeg, Lea Beg, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland

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Olympic Sculpture Park

Part of the prestigious Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park overlooks the Space Needle and is open 365 days a year from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for your sculptural enjoyment.

Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

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Domaine du Muy

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Guillaume Leblon, ‘Population Sommaire,’ 2010 | © Guillaume Leblon. Courtesy Domaine du Muy. Photo: J.C. Lett

Located in Provence, France this contemporary sculpture park is a paradise of art and nature.

Domaine du Muy, 83 Chemin des Leonards, 83490 Le Muy, France

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Austrian Sculpture Park

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Interactive sculpture park | © Österreich Werbung, Photographer: kriskulakova

Part of the Universalmuseum Joanneum, the park is open daily from 24th March until 31st October and includes 72 stunning sculptures including Painting to Hammer a Nail In / Cross Version (2005) by none other than Yoko Ono.

Oesterreichischer Skulpturen Park, straße 85, 8141 Premstätten, Austria

Laumeier Sculpture Park

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Laumeier Sculpture Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park | © Thomas Duesing / Flickr

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Founded in 1976, Laumeier is amongst the first and largest sculpture parks in the United States. It is open 365 days a year providing not only an outdoor museum experience but many educational programmes as well.

Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd, St. Louis, MO 63127, USA

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Frieze Sculpture Park

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John Chamberlain, FIDDLERSFORTUNE, 2010 | Presented by Gagosian. Frieze Sculpture 2017. Courtesy YSP. Photo © Stephen White.

This posh sculpture park takes over Regent’s Park yearly during London’s most prestigious art fair, Frieze. Unlike the fair, entrance to the sculpture park is entirely free and presents a great opportunity to see large-scale innovative contemporary art with a side of the best Instagram stories.

Frieze Sculpture Park, Regent’s Park, Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR

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Cantor Arts Center Outdoor Collection

Located on the Stanford University campus, Cantor is home one of the largest collections of Auguste Rodin sculptures on the planet.

Cantor Arts Center Outdoor Collection, 328 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

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Gibbs Farm

With its landscape dominated by Kaipara Harbour, the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, Gibbs Farm in North Auckland is a truly unique sculpture park. Its impressive collection includes work by Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt and Richard Serra, among others. It is open by appointment only so be sure to check the website before your visit.

Gibbs Farm, 0984, 2421 Kaipara Coast Hwy, Makarau 0984, New Zealand