One of my most favorite things to do while traveling is scoping out art. On our latest road trip through Ohio in Butler County, we had a blast exploring Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. combining two of our favorite things – art and nature. Our art adventure at Pyramid Hills was definitely one of our favorite things that we have EVER done.
Disclosure: A big thanks to Butler County for providing complimentary admission. I was not required to express a particular point of view. All opinions are my own.
How did Pyramid Hill come to be?
It all started from one man’s dream to own a home atop the hill overlooking the Great Miami River. Henry Wilks built his Pyramid House surrounded by nature starting with 40 acres. Eventually, those 40 acres turned into 300+ acres of rolling hills, meadows, lakes, gardens and hiking trails.
Tip: Learn more about the fascinating history at the fabulous Ancient Sculpture Museum located within the park.
An art cart
With over 300 acres to explore along with more than 60 sculptures, you’ll want to let your legs rest. THE best way to explore the grounds is to rent an Art Cart, aka a golf cart.
We quickly found out why it was called Pyramid Hill. You’ll be thankful for the Art Cart as you go up against these hills. And at times, going down the hills felt like we were going down a roller coaster.
There are over 60 larger than life sculptures of all shapes, sizes, and materials, and we made it a mission to try to find all of them. Although we may have missed a few, we had a blast trying! My kids even wanted to take pictures to document their progress.
We could actually drive our Art Cart through this particular sculpture titled Euclid’s Cross.
My favorite by far was this one – The Family. Love how peaceful they are looking at the sculptures across the water as well as the reflections of the sculptures. It totally reminded me of my family…if they could sit still for more than 1 minute.
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A hidden gem
Located within the park is its best-hidden secret, The Ancient Sculpture Museum. At first, we passed by and it was still closed, but I’m so glad we came back later during our visit to see if it was open. It is totally worth it! Here you’ll find Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian sculptures dating back to 1550 BC. These pieces were actually from the owner’s private collection.
Tip: Potty time? You’ll find clean washrooms here.
The park has 3 miles of hiking trails waiting for you to explore. We couldn’t resist getting off our cart and doing a little exploration. I can only imagine how beautiful and serene the hike would be during the warmer months.
We all had a great time combining our love of art with nature. If you’re in the area, you MUST stop by Pyramid Hill to experience your own art adventure.
Tips to enjoy Pyramid Hill:
- Bring lunch or a picnic or…donuts! Before our visit here, we stopped by a couple of places on the Donut Trail (more on this later). Instead of leaving the box of donuts in the car, we brought it along with us. Nothin’ like seeing art and enjoying donuts!
- Bring your furry friend. Leashed pets are welcome here.
- Check their calendar. It seems like they have a great lineup of fun events including an Art Fair, Holiday Lights, and kids programming,
Address: 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013
Hours: Park opens 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.; Ancient Sculpture Museum is open 12 – 5 p.m. daily
Admission: Adults: $8, Children (6 – 12): $3, Children (5 and under): free. Art Cart – $20 the first hour and $15 each additional hour.