ABOUT PYRAMID HILL
Pyramid Hill is a three hundred acre nonprofit sculpture park founded in 1997. The Park is home to over 70 monumental outdoor sculptures displayed in a landscape of rolling hills, meadows, lakes, and hiking trails. The Park also features an Ancient Sculpture Museum that displays Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Syrian and Egyptian antiquities dating to 1550 BCE, as well as the iconic Pyramid House (now open to the public!). Pyramid Hill is the only museum you can experience by Art Cart! Attracting more than 30,000 visitors annually, Pyramid Hill serves as the premier cultural tourist attraction in Butler County. Pyramid Hill is unparalleled in the region as a place where art, culture, education, and nature intersect.
The Park provides summer programs for children, as well as numerous special events throughout the year. that are traditions for many families and our community. The stunning landscape and unique architecture offer ideal backdrops for weddings, corporate retreats, meetings, family reunions, and celebration of life ceremonies.
Our Mission: Bringing people to art in nature.
Our Vision: To inspire and educate our diverse visitors in a world-renowned setting of art and nature and to be a catalyst for dialogue, collaboration, and contemplation.
The History of Pyramid Hill
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum was founded
on 40 acres of land and one man's vision and unwavering support. Harry T. Wilks (1925 - 2014) purchased the land in 1987 to build his home, the Pyramid House, and slowly began acquiring adjacent parcels of land, clearing space, building roads, hiking trails, and small lakes. Harry wished to preserve the land for future generations, which inspired him to create a nonprofit sculpture park that would be accessible to the public and combine the beauty of nature with that of artwork. To protect the land from private development, Harry created a nonprofit organization in 1997.
Annual traditions include Holiday Lights on the Hill; Journey Borealis, which has lit up the Park to the delight of visitors every holiday season since 1999, and the Art Fair, which has drawn more than 60 artists from across the country since 2003.
The 10,000-square-foot Ancient Sculpture Museum opened in 2007. The museum models a traditional ancient Roman home and houses the founder’s ancient sculpture collection. Opened in 2016 the Museum Gallery showcases rotating contemporary regional and international exhibitons.
Gardens & Grounds
Pyramid Hill's three hundred acres of rolling hills, meadows, lakes, gardens and miles of hiking trails provides the perfect backdrop to experience art in nature during every season. In addition to the 70+ outdoor sculptures, the grounds also feature a pioneer house dating to the 1820's with an unusual arched ceiling. Specific detailed information regarding wildlife is available at the site of the Park, and we offer several educational programs for kids that revolve around nature (see Summer Series: For Kids!) We suggest renting an Art Cart during your visit for the ultimate Pyramid Hill experience. Pets are welcome at the Park as long as they remain leashed and owners are sure to clean up after them.
The 2,000 year old Hopewell cultural site known as Fortified Hill was purchased and then donated to Pyramid Hill by the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation in 2019. A groundswell of community support is helping Pyramid Hill in its efforts to prepare the site for the public, with hiking trails and educational signage.
Call (513) 868-8336 for volunteer opportunities. Donations can be made to the Fortified Hill Fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation.
Our bright and motivated staff members are dedicated to Pyramid Hill's mission of bringing people to art in nature. We work daily to expand program offerings, maintain our beautiful park, and spread the word about everything Pyramid Hill has to offer.
Sarah Templeton Wilson
Education & Programs Manager
Guest Experience Lead
Grounds Crew Member
Associate Director of Operations
Events & Rentals Manager
Grounds Crew Member
Guest Experience Manager
Guest Experience Liaison
Grounds Crew Member
Board of Trustees
In 2023, Pyramid Hill's Board of Trustees welcomed new and returning members to complete our leadership team. Each board member brings specialized knowledge and invaluable insight that helps pave the way for the future of Pyramid Hill.
Heather Sanderson Lewis
Gregory T. Hyland II
Deborah Emont Scott
Patricia K. Beggs
Griffin B. Weyler