- 1,061 Ratings
Guided Tour of Wharton Esherick Museum
Explore the ornate and whimsical former studio of American craftsman and woodworking extraordinaire, Wharton Esherick. Nestled in the picturesque hillsides of Malvern, this narrated, guided tour shares the legacy of Wharton's extensive and impressive collection of rich and innovative wood sculptures and furnishings.
What You Will Do
- Tour the home and workspace of the mastermind of American furniture, and discover preserved woodworking treasures of handcrafted beauty.
- Learn about the history and design of Expressionist woodworking from a knowledgeable museum docent
- Marvel at the beauty of the natural furnishings of Wharton's rustic stone walled studio and home, specifically harvested from the Great Valley, and chosen exclusively for their aesthetic appeal
- Guided tour of Wharton Esherick Museum
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your tour starts. The Museum is not handicap accessible.
- 1,061 Ratings
Gay was a most excellent guide ...and the museum is fabulous...hope to make a return visit!
Excellent tour guide, we’ll-preserved assets and interesting background material.
The tour was informative and very professionally conducted. I did not know much about the artist and enjoyed seeing and touching his work in such an intimate setting.
Such a unique place to visit! Love it here, the tour is educational and beautiful.
Superb docent in Bob, who obviously had much broader knowledge as shown when visitors asked wider questions. Truly fantastic to be allowed, encouraged even, to touch the wooden furniture. What an amazing museum, kept beautifully & seemingly a faithful reflection of Esherick’s life & times.
The tour guide was extremely ell prepared and informed . She had a well organized approach and used the pieces by Escherick very well. An excellent tour.
We loved hearing about Wharton Esherick and touring his home/workshop. Our guide was very informative but at times the story was stilted, I think she will improve with time. She knew her material it just didn't flow easily. Also, it was very hot but that was explained well.
Knowledgeable and friendly docent and staff. Unique and beautiful museum experience
The guide was very knowledgeable and interested in the tour and able to answer questions. She tried to accommodate my cousin who couldn't walk up the steps to the bedroom and advised her she could meet us in the kitchen/dining room area. She also showed her pictures of the bedroom after the tour. We will be recommending this to friends and family who live in the area.
Nikki gave a great tour. She was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Only thing that was remotely "negative," our guide seemed a little nervous during the tour. I don't know if she would have felt better if another guide had been with the group to help her feel more at ease. However, she did a great job answering questions. Still a great tour - there is so much in the studio!
The guide was knowledgeable and thorough and the museum itself is fascinating
The home and studio were fascinating and filled with gorgeous wood sculptures and furniture. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a lovely setting, a unique space and a wonderful way to spend a morning. We visited on a whim, not knowing what to expect, and are so glad we did!
Everything was great... !
Our docent was a very nice lady but she rambled through the tour. There was no direction. She stopped and started often. I wanted to know more about his art, his influences, what he thought of other artists.
Our docent was fantastic. I’ve lived 10 minutes from this museum for the past 40 years and can’t believe this was my first visit. I can’t wait to go back again and learn more about this incredible man, his life and his body of work.
We loved what we saw, but we wanted to see more!!! It would be awesome if there was a short biographical film to view about Esherick's life and works at some point during the tour or in the visitor's center. Based on what we did hear about him specifically and of course by what we saw it seems like he was a very idiosyncratic person who lived an interesting life.
Beautiful historic and artistic site. Great attitude by bookstore/check in staffer, conversation was a highlight. Tour guide poised, welcoming and knowledgeable as well. Will come again in another season.
Very knowledgeable tour guide and lovely museum.
It was so much information about the artist I got a true sense of his life
Well organized and detailed information provided by the docent. The studio is kept in wonderful condition!
The docent who guided our tour was extremely knowledgeable and shared many interesting stories about Wharton, his life and his work.
Fascinating place with an excellent guide!
It was a wonderful experience seeing the work of this artist. My only regret was not being able to see the whole house, for very understandable reasons, and the other studio, which is now the dwelling of Mr. Esherick's eldest son, again completely understandable. Well worth the cost, and very inspiring.
Excellent docent led tour. Learned a lot.
He was a really unique person. His sculptures are outstanding. His genius in building the desk and table is brillant.
My boyfriend and I really loved our tour of the museum. Ms. Gay was very knowledgeable and friendly!
- Mary Louise
We were thrilled to be able to experience this exquisite historical site! What a privilege to be able to walk through the home and work place of such a talented man. Thank you for the ease of getting tickets and the small intimate tour. It made my husband's father's day so special and it was a treat for me as well!
Our guide was fantastic! She shared her knowledge of Wharton's life and work in an engaging narrative throughout the tour.
Excellent tour, it was very interesting!
Fact- and story-filled 1 hour tour that gives a first time visitor (and even a many time visitor) insights into an important yet often overlooked pioneer in the art/craft movement.
The home/studio was beautiful. The guide did not have complete knowledge of the artist/studio - was getting mixed up at times. As a suggestion instead of staying at garage rock driveway for 10-15 minutes when we start tour how about walking some of the grounds outside the studio and give the info. Felt rushed, perhaps give 90 minutes instead of 60 minutes for the tour. Audio tour with more info could be an option. Thanks
We found it fascinating and even my nine year old was completely absorbed and inspired by it.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and brought excitement to the tour. Beautiful work and so glad to be able to touch everything.
How enchanting a place, setting and museum. So glad that I finally made it here and fully enjoyed the tour provided by our docent Gay!
Tour guide was very knowledgeable, personable, friendly and engaging.