Franconia Sculpture Park
Franconia Sculpture Park
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  • Cory A
    Cincinnati, Ohio22 contributions
    Art Is Weird, and That Is Good
    The late spring heatwave broke just in time for our vacation, perfect weather to spend the morning wandering Franconia. Some art is created in reaction to thoughts or feelings; sometimes the thoughts and feelings follow after creation. And then sometimes art is just weird and fun and cool to look at. Check out the mirror garden; stand under the blue wave; walk in circles on the sidewalk while you think your own thoughts. Afterwards, find time to create something yourself, cause art is weird, and that is good.
    Traveled with family
    Written June 11, 2020
  • jwfornow
    110 contributions
    An Exploration - Very much worth a Visit!
    Wandered through a huge meadow admiring the wonderful sculptures. The first sculpture we saw was By Michael Richards honoring the Tuskegee Airmen from WWII, a review I read after our visit described it as depicting 3 airmen and it represents "not so much the exhilaration of flight as dreams of freedom crashed to earth"... Franconia made it their first permanent sculpture, having the original fiberglass cast in bronze after Richards died in his studio at the World Trade Center on 9/11. There are light hearted sculptures as well. They all make you think and the exploration is totally worth the visit
    Written October 18, 2021
  • Teresa E
    66 contributions
    Odd, unusual and absolutely awesome art in an outdoor setting
    I was blown away by the sheer number of sculptures there. Definitely set aside an hour or more to be able to see them all. There were so many things to see, some I didn't quite understand but I loved that each piece had a plaque telling us who the artist was and a bit about them and the piece. Can't wait to go back and see the ones we missed and revisit my favorites.
    Written June 12, 2021
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Emily M
United States1,328 contributions
Oct 2021
Impressive collection, and we did appreciate several of the pieces, but trying to really understand pieces proved to be challenging at times. Good place for kids to see large-scale art using a wide variety of mediums. I think the adults would have liked it more if we were on a guided tour.
Written January 1, 2022
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StephanieMDNT
Minneapolis, MN27 contributions
Feb 2020
We discovered this place by accident when visiting Lindstrom. I'm not a person that likes traditional sculpture anyway (I think a lot of it's pretentious), so I wasn't sure what to expect. This place was so whimsical, so full of odd & unusual things, that it really felt like we were transported to another world. Some of these sculptures are interactive, some you need to get close to it to see what it's about, some things pull you in from a distance, and some things are just strange, but in my opinion, that's 90% of it's charm. This is like the island of misfit sculptures, and if you like quirky things, don't miss this place!
Written February 14, 2020
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mhindal
Jacksonville, FL94 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were on the way to Taylor falls and saw a few sculptures from the road, so we decided to take a look. We thought this would be 1 hour tops, but we were there for about 3 hours, there was so much to look it, so interesting. There were things that reminded me of the movies: Beetlejuice & Nanny McPhee. We saw something in the woods and it turned out they even have sculptures hanging from the trees! It's a very big area to walk around, so bring a drink and/or snacks, if you have trouble walking, they have golf carts that can be used for a donation, they also have waters and popsicles for a donation.
Written June 15, 2018
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Richard Hildebrand
Tucson, AZ628 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
Interesting place to visit if you are into quirky art. I did not get much out of the various sculptures even after reading the blurbs that went with the work. There was one that was meant to honor the tsunami victims of Japan in 2011(?) that I thought would have been really interesting if the artist had been able to complete it (he ran out of money).
Written June 17, 2018
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Mumzie9196
Hudson, WI311 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Went on a Saturday & it was really quite interesting to see. Speaking with workers we got good information on a nasty plant, wild parsnip. A great place for kids to get to run off some energy. Golf carts available for people who need them. Nice first time visit.
Written July 8, 2017
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pdwschmidt
Roseville, MN308 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
What do you need to know about this place? It's a solid drive (45 min. from St. Paul) but is made convenient by its proximity to the popular Taylors Falls area. It's free, except we had to pay $5 for parking on a weekend event day. They have a regular summer schedule; check it out in advance so you can see live pours of molten metal or, as was the case for us, some great live music. The park is large--be prepared to walk--and be prepared for the weather. Also be warned that kids need to stay on the wide (10 foot) trails; don't go trouncing through the high prairie grasses. There are some dangerous weeds: we spotted wild parsnip, which causes painful burns. Most sculpture can be played on, and this is family friendly, though that's not to say that the art isn't by "serious" artists, because it is. It just isn't as high-brow as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (clearly). All of my kids (16, 11, 2) really enjoyed the park--that doesn't happen many places!
Written July 16, 2016
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Taya H
Hutchinson, MN52 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This place is free and the sculptures are sooo cool...dont think we saw every one because of how big the place is to walk around!...also had freezies in a freezer for hot days think they were 50 cents each.
Written January 15, 2020
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tazziazan0812
Blaine, MN28 contributions
Aug 2019
My 13 year old triplets, 2 boys, 1 girl loved this park. we were there on a day you could create a sand mold that could receive a pouring of molten metal to create a metal casting of your design. It was great. they worked very hard to get their design perfect. We ventured around part of the park. Then found out the casting would not be done till after lunch. so we drove into taylors falls for lunch. Came back then walked all over the many acres of sculptures. All different kinds. Some were realistic, others were very modern, some whimsical. Some they could climb on, climb thru, climb under. walk over, walk up stairs , even swing on one. it is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or all day walking around and discovering the next sculpture.
Written December 10, 2019
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Mkaar
5 contributions
Sep 2019
I generally like these types of attractions, but I found the artwork at this particular sculpture park odd. There were a few fun pieces and I loved the walk around the property.
I would go again in if in the area for other things, but not necessarily specifically for this one.
Written October 28, 2019
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haydencandice
Port Saint Lucie, FL35 contributions
Aug 2019
As an old-hippy-artsy-fartsy-chick, this place was right up my alley. Not classical sculpture, so be prepared. A lot of it looked extremely experimental at its best. But I love creativity in any form and, on a nice day, it's calming and refreshing to walk around these grounds, even if you are uttering "WTF?" under your breath.
Written August 26, 2019
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