Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden

The Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden is located outside historic Morrill Hall. The sculpture garden design incorporates sculptures, a gathering arena, and sidewalks and pathways. Planted with perennials, ground cover, shrubs, and flowering trees, the landscape design provides a distinctive setting for primarily American twentieth and twenty-first century sculpture.  Ranging in size and materials, these works of art represent the richly diverse character of modern and contemporary sculpture.

The sculpture garden is adjacent to Iowa State’s 22-acre central campus. Iowa State’s first president Adonijah Welch (1821-1889; President 1868-83) envisioned a picturesque campus with a winding road encircling the college’s majestic buildings, vast lawns of green grass, many varieties of trees sprinkled throughout to provide shade, and shrubbery and flowers for fragrance. Today the central lawn continues to be an iconic place for all Iowa Staters, and Iowa State is nationally acclaimed as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.  The Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden further enhances the beauty of Iowa State University.

The Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden is given to Iowa State University by Elizabeth Anderson in memory of her husband, Byron.

The cost is free.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

To arrange a tour of the Anderson Sculpture Garden, please download the University Museums Tour Request Form and submit or email to Dave Faux at dafaux@iastate.edu

The Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden is located around Morrill Hall at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. MAP

If approaching Ames on Interstate 35 from the north or south, take exit 111B labeled Highway 30 West. From westbound or eastbound Highway 30 take the University Blvd. exit and turn north. University Blvd. will pass on the east side of Jack Trice Stadium and Iowa State Center parking lots.

For Handicap/Mobility Impaired Access: Cross over Lincoln Way and continue around on University Blvd. Turn left on Wallace Road and then right on Osborn Drive. Approach the gate (cement pillar) and press the button on the call box; announce you are a museum visitor. Continue west on Osborn Drive, turn left on Morrill Road. Morrill Hall is the three story red brick building directly in front of you.

All other visitors please see Parking below.

There is paid ramp parking at the Memorial Union Ramp (aprox. 2-4 minute walk from Morrill Hall). Entrances are from the south off of Lincoln Way and from the North off of Union Drive. There is paid parking at the Armory – Lot 21 (aprox. 2-4 minute walk from Morrill Hall). The East Campus Parking Deck is located on Wallace Road where it intersects Union Drive near Forker Building. There are also meters in several of the lots on campus. Please read the signs and time limits on the meters carefully. Map of parking lots