12 Free Sculpture Parks Around the World That Are Absolutely Magical  

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© Gerome Viavant / Unsplash
Photo of India Irving
Social Media Editor20 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.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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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.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Park, Museum, Cinema, Market
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Couple viewing a contemporary art installation at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens, New York.
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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.

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

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.

Gibbs Farm

Park, Art Gallery
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The Mermaid
The Mermaid | © Marijke de Goey / WikiCommons
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.

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