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“Bringing sculpture to life”

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Ranked #5 of 55 things to do in St Ives
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Owner description: Designed by Barbara Hepworth, one of Britain's leading abstract artists, this picturesque garden holds a collection of her sculpture. Last admission 17.00
Devon, England
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Bringing sculpture to life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

What a fantastic experience this garden and gallery is.....it's far from a museum as this was where Barbara worked, lived and sadly died in a fire in her studio. There are wonderful photographs of her life and the many famous buildings where her commissioned pieces adorn the exterior. Some of her personal belongings are also in the gallery. But it's the gardens and her studio that bring this place to life. There are numerous sculptures placed around her sheltered and tree dappled garden with benches to sit and enjoy their beauty. Looking into Barbara's studio, where her tools and overalls are still lying, has a feel of her imminent return. It was fascinating to see where she produced her magnificent works of art and very poignant to think a fire here took her life. If you can time your visit to coincide with a guided tour then take the opportunity to do this.

Visited September 2013
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“...YES...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

...go to this museum...i have been 2 times now and am returning next week...it is an oasis (i was fortunate on my first visit when the streets of st ives were jam packed to find the museum and garden empty)...second visit was just as good even re-exploring the garden in the rain...love it...

Visited October 2012
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Bedfordshire
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

This is a very interesting sculpture garden. If you do go, it makes a world of difference to go for the guided talk and tour as well. It makes much more sense of everything. Beautiful garden and well worth visiting

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful hidden treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Wonderful little garden and gallery, especially in the sunshine. It's a peaceful haven of flowers and sculpture.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Essential part of a visit to St Ives”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

We enjoyed experiencing the history and evocative mood in visiting the little museum, studio and garden hidden away in the centre of St Ives. It was marvellous to see so many sculptures in the hidden garden and have chance to soak up the atmosphere in the sun. This is so much of the art history of the town it's a must do, dare I say, even if you have to miss going to the main Tate Gallery over the hill!

Visited September 2013
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