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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.
- 748 Ratings
Interesting and our guide was pleasant and knowledgeable.
You folks are always so friendly patient and accommodating with our students who can at times be a handful.... and I always see something I haven't seen before, learn something new when I return
Our docent was engaging and knowledgeable, she encouraged us to ask questions as well as touch the objects. The pace of the tour allowed us time to soak up the wonderful ambiance of this gem of a home.
- Mary Lou
Our tour guide led us with energetic stories and fascinating details.
The docent was very informative and pleasant--she didn't rush us through it and she allowed me (a woodworker from North Carolina) a moment of spiritual meditation in Esherick's amazing space. It was inspiring to see how beautifully Esherick designed utilitarian objects and, of course, the setting is lovely. Many thanks--we are now members and hope to return.
tour guide was very good & knew her stuff! Thank you very much for accommodating our visit on a Monday. It was a wonderful educational experience that I look forward to sharing with the students.
Both my husband and I would have loved to have a greater sense of the man. If the guide could have held up pictures of Wharton, his studio inside with the tools both original and then the additional out building so we could have known what it looked like. Also to see pictures of Wharton working on a project. A picture of what his studio had looked like during his life time would have really enhanced the experience. We are guessing there were less trees since our guide talked about how he had farmed the land. A picture of his children and family in the younger years also would have been nice.
Loved it and will be back!
We had a wonderful time visiting the Esherick museum. It was my first visit and I'm already excited about my return trip. I'll be sure to spread the word!
You all were willing and happy to give a great experience to our students. Thank you so much!
The property is wel maintained and the tour guide is knowledgeable and obviously has a passion for the subject. The tour didn't feel rushed but more time to explore and ask questions would have been nice. I understand your time constraints.
Patricia was a great museum guide! Incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about Wharton Esherick's life and legacy. I've been on three tours at the Wharton Esherick Museum (I grew up 5 minutes away) and every time I discover something new. Glad to hear that you recently bought his original home and plan on expanding.
The staff was able to accommodate my party, even though I made reservations for the wrong day. Thank you. The Docent was very helpful and informative.
Dave was a super interesting tour guide
Everyone was very personable and our guide teally was very really enlightened us about Wharton Esherisk
The tour was very interesting and visually stimulating! Mike Hughes did a great job.
The docent was very knowledgeable and told great stories about Wharton Esherick. He clearly was an admirer of the work and his enthusiasm was contagious. A gem of a tour and a unique beautiful house museum.
It was all around a fabulous time! I have already recommended a visit to others. Thank you! Jennifer Shryock
I made reservations for three people, and then one person couldn't make it (me). The tour guide gave my friends a free pass for me to use later, which I really appreciate. My friends loved the museum and want to return. I went once before a long time ago, but I'm looking forward to seeing it again.
Excellent presentation by Bob who was very informed and made the entire experience wonderful !!
Our guide, Bob, was a wealth of information!
The docent was very knowledgeable and relaxed. I've been to the museum before, and it provides new discoveries and insights every time.
The staff really went the extra mile to fit me and my father in on last Thursday's 11:30 tour (my father was visiting from out-of-town, leaving the next day)! There was a cancellation and they called me back on Wednesday. We both loved the experience and would highly recommend it to anyone!
A very pleasant surprise. Our tour was hosted by a friendly and well-informed guide, and the length of the tour is just right. The art and woodwork were different and interesting and gave us plenty to talk about afterward. We will recommend the tour to others. Enjoyed the visit!
The combination of the excellent art, all the clever and hidden draws and hidden "built-ins" made this a special experience. On top of that our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining and the location was spectacular.
My group from Masonic Village had a great time.The museum was more than we expected it to be. Our tour guide did an outstanding job. We all were very impressed. The lunch stop to Cedar Hollow was amazing! Our meals were delicious. Thank you all for a delightful day! Fondly, Rhonda Conaway and the Residents from Masonic Village in Elizabethtown.
Hi , the tour was great and our docent was really great . We had a very almost one on one tour that lasted over 2 hrs . I read about Wharton in a published magazine about 10 years ago and coming there was awalys on my list . Very glad I did And my wife liked it also . Robert & Carol
Very knowledgable and interesting guide.
The tour guide nd.wynne was absolutely fabulous-knowledgeable,interesting,took time to answer ?'s,sincerely committed to the Wharton Escherick house!
- M P
Wonderful tour guide and beautifully maintained & informative museum! A Must See!
Amazing history and craftsmanship- a hidden gem near valley forge park
Katie was awesome. Felt like we were with a friend. Very knowledgeable without sounding robotic and rote. Just a fun overall experience.
It was fascinating to see Esherick's work and to hear about his philosophy. I liked that you could touch some objects and that you heard about his life.
This is a one of a kind house that you don't get a chance to see every day. The setting is beautiful and the artist is quite unique. I have been to the house at least five times and I will keep going back.
What a wonderful and interesting afternoon. We came from New Hope and were rewarded greatly by being able to experience and learn about the life of the brilliant artist, Wharton Esherick. His home/studio holds many delightful surprises and beautiful sculpture wherever you look and the setting is picturesque. The docent was knowledgeable and gracious; happy to answer all of our questions. I'd recommend this experience to anyone interested in art, woodworking or eclectic architecture.
The artist is himself incredible and our docent was very interesting!
We had a great time at the museum and appreciate all the volunteers' efforts.
An unexpected surprise! A hidden gem! We will definitely return. What a talented man.
The tour guide went well beyond expectations in offering detail and answering questions, a real professional. Being able to actually sit at the desk and touch the items was great. Also, the receptionist who arranged our tour was especially welcoming.
Awesome place with great tour and information. I would highly recommend.
The tour was delightful! The guide had a good grasp of the information and made it quite interesting. All interaction with administration was very positive. Will probably visit again.
I have been several times. This was THE BEST tour because the guide (the exec director) gave us so much more information about Esherick and his art as well as talking about the exterior (a first for me). It was long but worth every minute. Thanks so much.
We truly enjoyed touring Wharton Esherick's studio. His work is absolutely beautiful. Our tour guide was fantastic. She has great knowledge of Wharton Esherick and his work, information about his studio, etc. Our tour was very interesting, and we learned so much. We are already planning on going back again in the near future. Thank you! We loved it!
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. I learned alot about the artist and art history of the time. So happy we found you!