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South Jersey Art Museums

A girl smiles by the Seat of Sound at Grounds for Sculpture.

Art museums in South Jersey highlight unique sculptures, seaside-inspired paintings and glass works.


Discussion Questions
Lora Englehart of the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA, suggests asking these questions to your children to prompt discussions while looking at a painting.
• If there’s a person in the painting, how do you think he or she feels? What is he/she thinking?
• What shapes can you pick out?
• Where do you think the light is coming from?
• What kinds of lines do you see (straight, squiggly, curved)?
How many colors can you pick out? How do you like the colors?
• Look at the texture in the painting. How did the artist use the paint?

Grounds for Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton
At this public sculpture park, families can explore outdoor sculptures and indoor galleries. Play music on the Seat of Sound, be mesmerized by the glowing eyes of the Maeteño horse, and learn the story behind the abstract Henri Moore bust. Other cool works currently on display: the shimmery ceramics of Jacobo delaSerna and Flo Perkins’ glass works inspired by common objects like flowers and bowling pins.
Tour Tips: Remind your kids to pay attention to “touch” or “do not touch” signs on each sculpture. Pick up a family guide for activities and open-ended discussion questions. Take your preschooler for a monthly Tots on Tour program, which features a short tour, a story & art project.
$6-$10 admission, ages 5 & younger free. 609-586-0616, www.groundsforsculpture.org

Noyes Museum of Art
733 Lily Lake Rd., Oceanville
The Museum’s collections of American art focus on ocean themes, including a current sculpture exhibit through May, inspired by myths of the sea. A Young at Art Gallery rotates artwork by local students. Families can sign up for monthly Creative Sparks programs and other art workshops for kids, teens & adults.
Tour Tips: Gallery guides are available. They include ideas for making related art at home.
$3-$4 admission, ages 6 & younger free. 609-652-8848, www.noyesmuseum.org

Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville
This arts complex features the Museum of American Glass, a collection of more than 7,000 pieces; open studios with artist demonstrations; and the Down Jersey Folk Center, which exhibits works relating to New Jersey’s cultural groups & traditions. Wheaton Arts hosts fun contests for kids, such as this spring’s “Design a Glass Bunny” competition, as well as free drop-in workshops, including greeting card-making in The Gallery of Fine Craft through March 28.
Fun Fact: Wheaton Arts displays the World’s Largest Glass Bottle.
Tour Tips: Guided tours are offered at 2:30pm. For younger kids, pick up the fun scavenger hunt guide, “Miller the Mouse Hunt for Cheese.”
Cost Cutter: Free admission is offered in March. You can also download a $1 off admission coupon from the website.
Free in March, regularly $7-$10, ages 5 & younger free. Always free to stroll and shop. Open weekends only in March, open Tues.-Sun. starting in April. 800-998-4552, www.wheatonarts.org


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