The former home of Harry and Peg Bradley, the Lynden house and grounds were purchased by the Bradleys in 1927. They retained the Chicago landscape architects William Langford and Theodore Moreau to transform the flat farmland, with its small farmhouse and barn, into an English country garden. The lake and rustic bridge spanning the water were designed to match Harry Bradley’s memories of the municipal grounds in Kansas City where he swam as a boy. In 1962, Peg Bradley—already an experienced art collector—began collecting the contemporary monumental sculptures that secured Lynden’s international reputation. The collection includes sculptures by Alexander Archipenko, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and many others.
The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake, and woodland. Explore on your own or take one of many short tours throughout the day. Artists, docents, and staff will introduce you to their favorite sculptures, the back acres, the pollinator gardens, the bonsai exhibition, the conservation shop, and a variety of behind-the-scenes spots in the house and barn. Self-guided scavenger hunts, orienteering challenges, and plein air painting available, too.