What could be more fun than riding around on an “art cart” and exploring 80 some sculptures in an outdoor museum at the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio? Not much!
The Butler County Ohio Visitor’s Bureau set up my travel friend Sara and I with an art cart/golf cart ($20.00 for the first hour and $15 for each additional hour) and admission ($8.00 per adult) to this wonderful sculpture park and art museum. We maneuvered the rolling hills, meadows, lakes, and hiking trails. Art is on display in this beautiful landscape.
The park covers over 300 acres! The the art cart allows visitors to get up close to get a good view of the art. It is fun to see the various types of art. There is everything from sculptures, of metal, people sculptures, animal forms, and even a cool bench.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum
The park was one man’s dream. It all began when Harry T. Wilks, an attorney bought 40 acres in 1987 to built his Pyramid House. On the land he created hiking trails and small lakes and started a non-profit sculpture park. After his death in 2014 the group appointed an executive Director.
Now there are several fundraisers including Holiday Lights on the Hill, the Art Fair, which has drawn more than 60 visual artists and new events, the Dance of the Undead at Pyramid Hill, or “Zombie Ball,” along with Blues, Brews & BBQ.
The Ancient Sculpture Museum
Besides the fun outdoor sculptures, Sara and I also took in the 10,000-square-foot Ancient Sculpture Museum. Open in 2007 this museum houses Mr. Wilks ancient sculpture collection. There is also an exhibition space dedicated to local and regional artists.
The grounds are like a huge golf course without the sand and the holes! The manicured lawns and wooded spaces make this lovely even without the art.
The park is open 365 days a year. Besides the art, one historical setting on the grounds is a pioneer house dating to the 1820’s. This very cool stone house was unlike any pioneer house I had ever seen before.
Tips to enjoy this site
Be sure to bring a camera. This is the perfect place for taking pictures of art and of yourself! Make sure to set aside an entire morning or afternoon so you have enough time to enjoy the whole park.
If you enjoy art, another city that you might want to add to your list is Mason City Iowa!