Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

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!

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
Our art cart that we rode around while checking out the art at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. This particular piece is titled “Euclid’s Cross” by Michael Dunbar.

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.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
This fun piece is titled “Paul” by Martin Gantman

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

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
Lakes, trails and hills are all part of the landscape that Harry T. Wilks used to place his art. Barry Tinsley’s”Pier Portal” graces this photo.

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

Ancient Sculpture Museum
Ancient art in 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

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.

Pioneer house
Sara standing in the doorway of this cool 18s0’s stone pioneer house.

Tips to enjoy this site

Chakiaia Booker uses recycled tires in her black rubber art. Her piece “Take Out” is one great one for pictures!

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!

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  1. Carol Colborn

    That is nice. Sometimes I cannot see outdoor sculpture because of the ground you have to walk. With those golf carts it would be much easier. Love “Paul.”

    1. Cindy

      Yes those carts make the entire ground readily accessible! Such a wonderful place to see a grand variety of art in a lovely setting!

  2. Vicky

    Wow, what a huge park! Good thing you had that cart. The red bench is definitely my favorite. 🙂

  3. Cindy

    The red bench is fun! The cart sure makes a difference. You could view from the car, but it wouldn’t be the same up close view!