- 66 Ratings
Self Guided Tour of Wharton Esherick Museum
Self guide your way through the extensive and impressive collection of innovative wood sculptures created by American craftsman, Wharton Esherick. Nestled in the picturesque hillsides of Malvern, explore Esherick's ornate and whimsical former studio.
What You Will Do
- Tour through the historic studio of the "dean of American craftsmen," Wharton Esherick, furnished with original pieces from his 1926 studio that overlooks the Great Valley
- See over 300 hand-carved sculptures and furniture created by Esherick himself
- Learn about the life and craftsmanship of one of the most influential furniture makers of the 20th century from knowledgeable museum docents, and explore the studio at your own pace
- Self-guided museum tour
- Admission to Wharton Esherick Museum
- 66 Ratings
We deiced on the self-guided Open House to have flexibility and we found the museum/house to be so interesting that we wish we had done a personal tour to get more of an opportunity to get an overview and then ask questions! Still really enjoyed it!
This was my first visit to the Esherick Museum. I first saw his work at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. I was excited to know this museum was in my backyard. His work is amazing. The docents were very knowledgeable and very welcoming. $12.00 was a nominal price for this incredible work of art.
We enjoyed the museum, the docents were fantastic and the lecture very informative.
Talking with the docent in each room was fantastic.
The guides at the museum bring Wharton Esherick and his artistry to life . It is a fascinating part of art history in Philadelphia.
Great place to spend an afternoon if you are a fan of creative woodwork. The place is small but packed with interesting pieces and architecture.
Second Sunday self guided tour wasn’t as crowded as our last visit, which was a guided tour, so we had more time to look around each room. We saw so many things we missed last time.
The grounds and environment where Esherick lived and work was wonderful. I understand the limitation of space, meant limiting what was on exhibit to just leaving it as it was. My only disappointment was that the docents inside the building were not able to speak with any more information about his other artistic endeavors and were only moderately informed about what was obvious and well documented. They were not able to give more insight. Also, they let too many people in at once and it was quickly crowded. You need to control number of bodies at any one time.
The docents were amazing! We loved the casual atmosphere and easy access to the docents for questions and explanations. There were six of us, and each of us had a spectacular time and want to return to this jewel of a place.
Such an interesting and lovely museum.
My aesthetic sense is aligned with Esherick's: the pop of color to contrast the natural wood, the handleless doors, the curves and unsymmetrical placements. His creative use of space, organic designs and incredible craftsmanship is inspiring. Each docent was helpful, informative and enthusiastic. We were able to take our time and we actually went through the space twice, as we were misinformed that photographs were not allowed, when in fact they are now permitted. This actually added to our experience, as we were able to enjoy the studio and home without our iPhones in front of our faces during our first run-through. On the second time through, as we took photographs and spoke familiarly with the docents, we learned additional details. What a gem the Wharton Esherick museum is!
We very much enjoyed meeting and talking with the docents about the history of the Esherick studio. You're doing a great job and wish you the best in the future of the museum.
Loved the professional and thorough details that docents provided about Esherick's work; the information was both informative and entertaining. One could feel at home in the setting and absorb the many aspects of his work. I have visited here several times and always learn something new and interesting.
It was very crowded when we visited and a little tough to enjoy. I have two school age children. I find when we visit museums and do tours like this , they are more engaged on organized tours where the guide tells a “story.” Nevertheless, we enjoyed seeing his home. It’s interesting what our spaces say about us.
I brought my daughter and granddaughter who were visiting from California.... and they loved the experience. They were so impressed with the artistic workmanship of Esherick. The docents were all very cordial and informative. Thank you for preserving this treasure.
very friendly and informed people in each room. More items and stories than expected when we booked the reservation. Everything was done in a friendly professional manner. We are recommending our friends and coworkers to visit. We will make a second visit, hopefully this summer.
We very much enjoyed our visit. It provided us with a lot of inspiration. We will return in the future and do a guided tour as well.
It was great to be able to walk around and ask questions outside of a tour. we will come again. Thank you!
The museum is a unique experience. We had non-English speakers with us, so the open house worked well. Staff and docents were pleasant and helpful. I purchased the book about Ruth. Reading it enhanced the visit. I'm in awe of the vision that Bob and Ruth had for the museum, and I feel grateful that Wharton's home and creative genius is available for people to enjoy.
The docents were very helpful and knowledgeable. The house is so interesting, everywhere you look there is something unique!
This was a good way to focus on the parts of the museum you love the most. Docents "assigned" to one room are likely to share more details than a docent moving through with a tour group. Our group included visitors who were new to the museum and some veteran visitors - everyone enjoyed this set up.
Wharton Esherick museum is a very interesting view of life and history. The tour gives you a look into Esheric and his family's life. I really enjoy this museum
His works are terrific. Having the house as the museum emphasizes just how creative he was.
A missing gem in our area! Docents were very fun to chat with about all the incredible details in the woodwork and the buildings. We'll be back!
We were able to speak to the guides for as long as we wished and could spend as much time as we wanted.
Interesting museum, great docents
I really enjoyed the open house sunday. I'd called a few times in the past year and it was always booked so the open house seems to allow more folks to enjoy the house.
I loved being able to walk through the house and ask questions. It is quite a gem and I hope to visit again someday.
The space speaks for it self and the opportunity to explore on ones own was unmatched.
- Peter B
We came on a second sunday. Having docents in each room and being able to explore at our own pace was an ideal combo.
What an amazing museum. The docents were enthusiastic, knowledgable and friendly. Their personality and presentation made the rather small museum feel as big as The Met.