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
- 77 Ratings
The docents are great. Very knowledgeable and easy to talk with. It’s such an incredible space create by Wharton that one can miss so much without the help of someone that understands what’s going on. It’s fun and my 6 year old loved it. Lots of cool stuff to see for everyone
The museum is very interesting and well done, because it is completely full of Whartons work. The docents are just as good because of their vast knowledge of the Whartons work and how his work was so innovative. The combination of the museums and docents makes for a great visiting experience.
Friendly staff, easy to access the site, fabulous collection of furniture, knowledgeable docents.
Not at all what I expected! Awesome! I have lived here all my life and never knew you were here!
Insightful comments from all the Docents we met, friendly reception when we arrived, clear information about how to view the studio, and of course the fascination of the objects in the museum/home/studio.
Very interesting place! Stellar docents!
Very knowledgeable and informative staff.
Great hidden gem of a fine artist. Good docents and demonstration.
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