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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.
- 932 Ratings
We had a wonderful guide who gave us so many interesting historical details
- Denise Hay
A fascinating tour and a fantastic docent who hit all the right notes. Also a delight for our out of town guests one of whom has an interest in woodworking.
What an amazing house! I appreciate that the tour is limited to an hour because there is so much to see and learn about that it would be too overwhelming all at once.
Bery froendly and informative staff. Our guide was pitstanding and wr learned much more than what we wxpected. What a hauntingly great place!
Tour was very informative and enjoyed all the pieces in the collection along with history of the house/studio. Well worth the trip
We came as a family with our adult children and we were fascinated with all the variety of crafted items. So much to see in such a short time. Our guide Rob was great. Thanks for a great experience. Eleven people in our group was too many for viewing the space.
Docent was well informed and flexible. Ability to take photos inside was a good change!
Great experience...well informed tour guide...had not heard of the museum except from a relative who had been there
I very much liked everything about the tour and plan to do it again on one of the second Sundays. The docent was especially helpful and knowledgeable.
Our docent was excellent! She gave a wonderful tour despite the fact that there were two very rude female visitors in our group. The docent kept her cool and handled them firmly while being professional, engaging with everyone else, and with an upbeat persona. Wonderfully handled. We will definitely visit again soon.
Janet was extremely knowledgeable and answered all our questions. What a wonderful place to visit!
When you walk into that house, it's like stepping into Wharton Eshericks mind.
I brought my good friend Trish Baily, who is from Tasmania (Australia) but who spent time in America as an Exchange Student in the early 1970's and has grown to love the area. She was thrilled with the exhibit, as was I. Roslyn was an excellent Docent, and since we had several artists in our group, it was extra fun. Thank you.
I absolutely loved the museum. The residents that I brought thoroughly enjoyed it as well. As an activity director, I do plan to bring another group later in the year. I like the fact that we were able to "touch" and be up close and personal. Our guide was exceptional as well. What a great treasure we have in this museum! I will be sure to return. I highly recommend and will be a personal advertisement!
Our tour guide Aveda was wonderful! She was knowledgeable and a wonderful story teller. My group and I enjoyed hearing about Esherick's life in detail. Next time we visit (because there is just so much to see!) I would love to learn more about the construction and processes of his work and studio.
This was my second visit in six months. we had a different guide this time. And learned new information. This place is a must see, so interesting.
Setting up a tour was easy and the tour guide was not just knowledgable, but enjoyable.
Had a wonderful guide who made everything about the man and museum come alive.
How often do you get to see an artist's work in his own house?! We had a great tour with a very knowledge guide. The tours are limited to 10 people by reservation only so think ahead. The museum is well worth it. Carol
Excellent Guide and a fascinating collection of furniture and other objects created by Wharton Escherick.. We plan to recommend the facility to many of our friends. George Irwin
- Carol J.
Our guide was wonderful!
Truly inspiring !!!
It was the perfect place to come with the group I had. We enjoyed all of it and loved the beauty, art and all the little details of the museum. Thank you for a lovely afternoon and a great tour!!
Bob, the docent who did our tour, was the most knowledgeable, interesting and lively guide we have ever had. He inspired us all with his love of WE’s work. We all agreed he created a memorable experience!
As woodworkers our group were all very interested in the amazing collection and Mr. Esherick's wonderful designs and beautiful execution. I think we all came away with some ideas for our next projects. Our docent really was great very well informed. We appreciate the consideration you showed to the woman in our party who was confined to a wheelchair.
It was a very interesting tour, and you've done a great job preserving the house and the collection. I really enjoyed seeing the pieces in situ.
Great docent! Would have been happy to spend additional time with him. Will tell friends & family. Diane Vottero
The tour was a good length, was very well guided and inherently interesting. It worked for young people and seniors. It creates a point of pride for Chester County residents and visitors can find much of interest.
Really enjoyed the tour! The physical locale, the experience of being in his home and workshop, and the expertise of our tour guide + enthusiasm from other participants.
Completely breathtaking. I needed to bring others back with me to see it, and I was not disappointed.
I bring my furniture class there every year, and they are always amazed! They return to school inspired. Me, too! Every time I visit, I see some new fascinating detail I’ve missed on the many other visits. Al Trappuzano, also a furniture maker, gives an interesting and informative tour, and the students make some great progress once they’ve had some of the details clearly explained.
The tour guide was friendly and informative. I loved looking at the the handcrafted house, handcrafted furniture, handcrafted gadgets. Beautiful one hour tour. We had reservations because I went with a small group. If you are going with anymore than two people I would recommend a reservation. There are uneven surfaces and stairs.
Very interesting house and the handcrafted woodwork was amazing. Our tour guide was excellent and that made the visit all the better.
Our guide could not have been better....she was totally informed, pleasant, and gave an excellent tour.
Our guide was knowledgeable and informative. It was easy to listen to what she had to say and learn some history about the artist, museum and the home. very cool, first time there
Katie was super knowledgeable and engaging. I've already recommended to tour to a few friends.
The group leaders were very knowledgeable and made us all excited about what we were seeing.
Margaret gave us a great tour filled with small interesting details that really made the place come to life. I chose this place randomly on a google search and it was a great pick, so happy to have seen it. Your google maps address says Malvern on it though, so I would consider changing to Paoli.
Our dosun was awesome!
Our docent was well informed and very enthusiastic about Wharton Esherick, his life and history. It made us enjoy our visit even more.