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
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
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
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.
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11106, USA
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
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Art Museum, Park
Frieze Sculpture Park
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
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