River Gallery Sculpture Garden opened with its first outdoor sculpture exhibit in May 1993. The garden, designed by landscape architect Joe Baasch, is a two-acre outdoor exhibit space located in the Bluff View Art District overlooking the Tennessee River and was recently included in Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. Regionally, nationally and internationally recognized sculptors are represented in the collection, placing River Gallery Sculpture Garden in the International Sculpture Parks and Gardens directory. Visitors to River Gallery Sculpture Garden enjoy one of the Southeast’s most impressive private collections of contemporary American sculpture, including work by Leonard Baskin, Allan Houser, Isamu Noguchi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, and Ernest Trova. Bluff View Art District is a favorite destination for out-of-town visitors and local residents alike. Tucked neatly atop the tall stone cliffs of the Tennessee River, the District holds an intriguing collection of artfully entertaining cafes, gardens and galleries--all within walking distance of the neighboring Hunter Museum of American Art, the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, the Tennessee Aquarium and the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge. River Gallery Sculpture Garden is open to the public every day from 9 a.m. until dusk, year-round. There is no charge for admission.
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From I-24 take 27N to the 4th Street exit and proceed seven blocks before turning left on High Street. Travel two blocks to the end of High Street and turn right onto East Second Street in front of the Hunter Museum of American Art. You are now in the Bluff View Art District. To reach River Gallery Sculpture Garden, follow East Second Street to the bottom of the hill and turn right. Parking is free.