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Important Update

Sculpture Garden

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is currently renovating its campus and Sculpture Garden to better serve our community and our artists. The Museum’s 3-acre campus has been a venue for public sculpture for sixty years, since the Museum opened in 1964.

The Sculpture Garden is currently closed to the public during renovations, but will reopen in the Fall of 2024 and be free and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.


When The Aldrich was founded in 1964, the presentation of works in nature was a central part of the Museum’s earliest program. Works by artists including Anthony Caro, Alexander Liberman, Tony Smith, and Robert Grosvenor were displayed on the Museum’s campus year-round for visitors and the public to enjoy free of charge.

Landscape Master Plan

Design Process

The design team and the Board’s Sculpture Garden Committee developed a list of clear goals for the garden design:

  • Accessibility and inclusion for all
  • Expand the platform for artists with flexibility for exhibitions, events, programming, and community use
  • Environmental stewardship

To learn more about the design process please visit the Campaign for the Sculpture Garden page.

About the Architects

Based in Cambridge and Princeton, MA, STIMSON’s work is shaped by local culture, context, and ecology. Recent projects include the Hackley School, the Florence Griswold Museum, and Harvard University. They were the 2021 American Association of Landscape Architects Firm of the Year.


Follow along as progress is made on our campus and Sculpture Garden renovation.

February 26: Groundbreaking

On February 26, 2024 The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to inaugurate the commencement of its Campus and Sculpture Garden Renovation Project.

The event began in The Studio with an introduction by The Aldrich's Executive Director Cybele Maylone, followed by remarks by Representative Aimee Berger-Girvalo, Board Chair Diana Bowes, and Matt Pugliese, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Investment Officer of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Connecticut.

Following remarks, the event moved outdoors to the Museum's Sculpture Garden where the speakers, joined by Eric Diefenbach, Chair Emeritus and Edward Marshall of STIMSON, donned hard hats and ceremonially broke ground on the project.

Related Exhibitions

October 28, 2024 to March 16, 2025 |

A Garden of Promise and Dissent