- 1,337 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.
- 1,337 Ratings
We loved the tour! He was such a progressive artist in his fashion. And the staff is kind and informative. A Philadelphia “must do” gem.
The museum gives -in a most attractive way I might say- insight into an artist's and craftsman's life and work. Outright inspiring, very refreshing. It would be nice to have a bit more time to "linger" on the premises after the tour to let everything sink in and develop a feel for the place.
Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and entertaining. I totally enjoyable experience.
Docent was perfect!
Excellent guide - knowledgeable - and when she didn’t know the answer she said so! Welcoming staff!
Our tour was excellent. Wonderful, knowledgeable guide. Thank you!
The experience of being in the midst of the artist’s space with a knowledgable guide was a true treat
wonderful guide. Informative commentary,but not overwhelming with facts. Graciously answered questions. Time to reflect on experience, not just a wall of words. Thank you.
Loved the tour and the tour guide! Wondering if his workshop will ever be a part of the tour-would love to see his tools be part of the whole experience. Thank you, Dave Seiden
Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour enjoyable.
Extraordinary tour of Wharton Esherick's home and workshop full of his wooden creations both practical and fanciful. Rarely do you get such an insider's view of an artist that it seems that he merely went out for some more wood to carve.
Our Docent (I think her name was Elizabeth) was excellent. She was well informed and provided an excellent presentation. She kept her composure when 3 people in the group were talking loudly and ignoring her (they were rude). The museum is a hidden gem and very glad we discovered it. Thank you for all the work you do to preserve these sites for our learning and enjoyment. Donna Petak
The guide for our studio tour (Joan?) was great. Her pace was relaxed and she was very knowledgeable. I was amazed that the guests were allowed to climb the stairs (and I enjoyed every step). I’ve been meaning to visit museum since I moved to the area 14 years ago. It did not disappoint!
Excellent tour guide and amazing home, furniture and art.
I loved the site, and the guide was informative, friendly, and knowledgable. My 7-year-old son also really enjoyed walking through the house and looking at everything. But the first 10 minutes when the guide was talking with us outside did not work for him, or for any of the other kids present. The guide used a lot of big words, referred without explanation to things only well-educated adults would understand, and in general didn't appear to be considering the needs & interests of young people in her talk. Certainly it's a challenge to meet the needs of a wide-ranging audience, and I'm not suggesting the entire talk should be at Cat in the Hat level. But I think it's possible to bend somewhat in the direction of kids for that part of the tour.
The museum is amazing and our docent was excellent--so knowledgeable about Wharton Esherick and had lots of really interesting things to tell us. She kept the attention nearly perfectly of seven 4th grade boys for a solid hour! Thank you for such a fun experience!
We came to the museum on a cold, damp and gloomy morning. By the end of the tour we felt happy, inspired and motivated to make changes to our own very predictable, store bought, mostly comfortable lives. Noticing the details in every corner was the most fun during the tour and wishing we could come away with just a small amount of the imagination swirling through the museum made us realize another tour in the spring was a must. What a gem of a house tour and museum right in our own back yard. Thank you for a wonderful family outing and experience. Marget and Fred Bluefeld
Visiting this museum for the first time was such an enjoyable and learning experience. Katie, our tour guide, was excellent in conveying the history, talent and wonder of this special place. As we became members, we cannot wait to return.
tour guide was very informative
Margaret (our tour guide) was phenomenal. The tour is well paced, and full of stories of Wharton Esherick and his work. Of course his work is beautiful. A wonderful way to spend a few hours on a Saturday. I highly recommend visiting!
Your website made it easy to purchase tickets, our guide (Maria) was knowledgeable and interesting, she has a great personality for this kind of work, her enthusiasm for the museum and Wharton Esherick's work created a wonderful atmosphere for the tour, and the museum itself is fascinating and creative. Great experience!
I can’t say enough about the volunteers who help make this still very living, beautiful and amazing Museum such a wonderful place! This man was truly gifted and you really get a sense of his life and his work if you get a chance to take this tour! Do it! It is truly a must see/bucket list type of experience!
The house and the contents are incredible. I was mesmerized! I would have liked a bit more information as to how he began woodworking and learning the craft, as it seems from the tour that he just quit painting and immediately began making furniture. Otherwise, a very stunning visit and experience! Thanks so much.
Generally very good tour although I’ve done previous tours and had much more detail about WE’s life.
The tour was really well done. The curator told great stories that amde it interesting and she managed to keep my 5 year old interested farlonger than I expected
Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging and responsive to questions. I loved seeing the Escherick studio/home and becoming familiar with his work. The stool competition entries were fun to see in the reception area. A very interesting and pleasant experience!
Our tour was fantastic and this place is a national treasure
Excellent guide (Bob) and you get to be right in the spaces where W.E. lived and created.
The Esherick Museum is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited! The weather was cold, damp and dark but the immediate feeling upon entering the house was one of warmth, softness and light. How could a person have created such an amazing home from Nature and found objects? I didn’t get the name of our guide, but she did a great job! Full of enthusiasm and good information!
Great tour guide. Fascinating, talented man was WE. Surprised he's not better known.
When can my husband and I move in? Seriously, we enjoyed our visit immensely. Such a talented man. We would have liked more time to look around at all the beautiful and clever objects!!! Is there ever a chance to do that? Also, my husband would like to know what happened with all his tools? He would love to see them if they became part of the museum. Our tour guide was knowledgeable.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was informative and very interesting. The docent - Mr. Brogan, I believe - did an excellent job.of presenting the artist's work, the context of his environment, and the rationale behind his artistic creations..
Beautiful house and furnishings...the tour guide (Bob) was very informative and gave a great presentation. You could tell he was a fan and loved the place
The website prepared us well for our visit with clear info about the duration of the tour, expectations within the studio and house, cost of tour, parking and getting to the site. Margaret, our guide, was knowledgeable, conversational, again outlined the expectations of our visit -- how long, where we would go, in what order she would discuss topics and walk us through the house. Within the house she made us feel comfortable to walk around and touch things that we were allowed to touch, she answered questions, and she also opened furniture for us, which was an unexpected surprise. Overall it was an excellent visit and we can't wait to come back!
The docent was excellent. The explanation of both the architecture and furniture styles put Esherick in context