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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
Romford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

This is a tiny but brilliant jewel of a museum.
I knew of Barbara Hepworth and had seen a bit of her work, but nothing could have prepared me for the shear beauty of the garden. The building is her studio and home in St Ives and her spirit is felt more and more intently as you move through the exhibition. As you come into the building there is a section devoted to information on Barbara and her life and work through photos, newspapers, magazines and journals. Then upstairs is a gallery area showing some delightful small works, but the main space is the garden. It is a tiny area with many works but they are all positioned so perfectly it doesn't feel at all cramped. The juxtaposition of the planting and sculptures work so well it stirs the emotions leaving you breathless with awe and wonder.
We were particularly lucky with the weather and were able to spend a long time in the garden indulging in it's charm.
An experience not to be missed.

Visited October 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“An amazing woman”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

A great little Musuem, in her actual home and workshop. Feels like she's going to walk through her workshop at any moment, looks just like it's still being used. The sculptures in the garden are beautifully organic, looking like they've been there forever.

Visited November 2013
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UK
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Better when it isn't tipping down”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

This isn't huge but is a lovely space and quite informative.

The garden was lovely although probably better when it isn't blowing a gale and the rain is less torrential!

Visited November 2013
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Oxford
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41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Moving, educational, atmospheric”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

Sculpture is not normally my thing, so this was both an educational, enjoyable as well as moving experience. The museum is located in Barbara Hepworth's St Ives studio, where she worked and sadly died, which gives the exhibition an added poignancy.

The sculptures themselves are laid out in a garden, the paths carefully chosen (I suspect) to present different perspectives on the works and exploit their dramatic, three dimensional forms. Despite the small size of the garden, there seem to be many secluded spots to sit and contemplate the works and absorb the atmosphere of the space.

The visit was greatly enhanced by the engaging, friendly and knowledgeable staff who patiently answered all my uninformed questions and shared their insights into what for me is an unfamiliar genre.

Visited October 2013
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South Wales
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37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Peaceful and inspiring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

Second visit here and just as enjoyable the second time round as there are always a few details you miss the first time. A wonderful garden in which to sit and contemplate, for such a mature garden with the large trees and other plants it amazes me how light it is.

Visited October 2013
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