- 1,205 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.
- 1,205 Ratings
What an amazing place and man! Kept my 11 year old twins focused for an hour and a half AND gave than inspiration for their futures. My husband and I went on to learn more. Such a delightful afternoon spent. Highly recommend a visit to any age. A must for all visitors to Philly!
Great docent. Answered all questions, very informative. Everything was gorgeous.
Excellent tour! Katie, Thank You. We had a great time. Had family up from VA! My husband and his brother both enjoy woodworking themselves. We were all so impressed with Katie’s knowledge and enthusiasm. Learned so much during our tour with a new appreciation for the artist and his talent.
The beauty of the unique sculptures, furniture and finishing touches are outstanding. But the docent's knowledgeable added so much to the tour. I am looking forward to visiting again.
The museum itself was just such a unique and special place. The house itself, the amazing artwork within all just a wonder to experience. Also, our docent, Patricia, was the best- very knowlegable about Wharton Escherick as a person and an artist as well as about the house and the artwork within. She was also very clearly passtionate and enthusiatic about the artist and the museum.
The Wharton Esherick Museum is an amazing experience of visiting his home/studio and seeing how he lived and worked, along with alll the ingenious details that he put into the family’s living space. The tour was excellent, full of insightful information about Wharton as an artist , a father, a husband, and a lover of nature that surrounds this beautiful site.
It was a very good tour. I am a bit of a harsh critic so a 4/5 is a great rating
Tour guide at 1:00 was very good
1. The presentation of the docent. I did his voice a little too booming. My wife whose hearing is not as good as mine did not think his voice was too loud, but, in fact, appreciated the care he showed for those whose hearing may be less than normal. Also, we both appreciated the care he showed to the two children on the tour. 2. The great inspiration from seeing and touching Esherick's furniture and sculpture. This was my second visit. 3. BUT ESPECIALLY WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO THE STAFF MEMBER WHO OFFERED TO WATCH OUR DOG FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TALK BECAUSE OF CONCERN ABOUT THE PERCEIVED WARM TEMPERATURE IN OUR AUTO. PLEASE EXTEND TO HER OUR GRATITUDE. SHE WAS ON DUTY AT 2:00 PM, SUNDAY, OCT. 7TH.
We were very impressed with the tour and the history of Wharton himself. It was most enjoyable and we would recommend it highly
Excellent guide, more info than our first visit years ago. And the gift shop is open. Looking forward to returning on one of the open house tours on the second Sunday of the month.
We had an excellent guide - she was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our complaint is with the reception building, which we feel should be COMPLETELY devoted to Wharton Esherick. Please expand your gift offerings, and use that entire space to sell them, thereby raising money for the museum. You need basics - T-shirts, mugs, bookmarks - all the usual museum wares, but you also need multi-level pricing on his prints and replicas of his sculpture. $135 prints just aren't going to sell all that often. $30 and $60 prints on the other hand, will. Postcards need to be much more plentiful. Plastic castings of those bronze horses might work too. Please don't think this is beneath you - witness the fabulous gift shops attached to great museums all over the world. If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to write to me at email@example.com. Cheers!
This is a site just loaded with interesting architecture and art (sculpture especially) and crafts (fabulous furniture) that you will see nowhere else. The guide (the curator) was extremely knowledgeable, personable and knew how to create an extremely interesting experience. This is the sixth time I have been here - always see something new and find it a very stimulating experience every time.
thoroughly enjoyed our well-informed tour guide
The house/property is incredible as was our tour guide (Cynthia). I went to the Wharton Esherick Museum as a student when I was in 5th grade; now, almost 20 years later, it is exactly as awe inspiring as I remember it being and then some.
really enjoyed the work and the tour
The young lady who conducted or tour (Noon on Sept. 25) was both congenial and knowledgeable. Without pressuring visitors to comply with time constraints, she was able to maintain a relaxed approach and accommodate questions and comments along the way.
Laura was a fantastic tour guide -- knowledgeable and personable. 10 people was a good number for touring the house -- an intimate and interesting experience. I look forward to returning!
Our guide was wonderfully informative and very enthusiastic. She made the visit.
The house itself was absolutely fascinating (a total work of art) and our docent (I've forgotten her name) was wonderful and so informative. I would also say I've been on a few house tours that felt rushed, but that was not the case at the Esherick house, there was plenty of time to look (and so much to see).
Great tour guide. Highly interesting. Able to touch most items. Almost able to live the experience.
My husband and I thought the museum was fascinating. It is a hidden treasure in our own back yard. Our guide was knowledgeable and welcomed questions. I would highly recommend the tour and I can't wait to tell friends and bring our grandchildren.
- Daniel J
Such an interesting, non-traditional museum. Fitting such an interesting, non-traditional artist! The Wharton Esherick Museum is accessible and chock full of really cool art, and the guided tour gave a real insight into the man behind it all. I'd highly recommend this.
We arrived a bit early and didn't have time for the full 1 hour + tour as we were driving to Pittsburgh and needed to be on the road. The person at the reception counter arranged for us to have a tour that lasted about 15-20 minutes which was absolutely perfect to get a sense of the amazing work and the spaces. We will certainly come back for the full tour. Thank you for accommodating our request.
The tour was great. Our docent was very knowledgeable. the museum/home was so interesting. We loved the kitchen and bedroom!
We were very pleasantly surprised by the Wharton Esherick Museum. The guide was outstanding and provided an intimate look into the artist. It was just fascinating to see Esherick's works which were so creative, functional, and beautifully crafted.
Such a unique place! Great tour guide. We'll be back!
Interesting history, beautiful pieces and cool house/studio.
Guide was very knowledgeable
Very interesting site and knowledgeable guide. One hour and 29 minutes the right length for 5he tour.
Our docent was superb and really wove a fabulous story that made Wharton come alive.
We enjoyed our tour, Ron was a great guide. We are glad we visited.
We had a great time! The staff was very knowledgeable, courteous and accommodating. The entire tour did feel a bit rushed however. It would have been nice to have a little bit of free time before, after, or during the tour to independently observe the pieces/grounds. Otherwise, everything was really fun!
Docent was excellent! Young lady who greeted us was very friendly, helpful & informative.
Beautiful day, fascinating place, good tour.
Docents were very knowledgeable and allowed us to really understand Wharton.
The tour was very interesting and so well presented by our docent. I really got a sense of the man from her presentation and Esherick's home is so well preserved. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.