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.
Full refunds for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance.
- 1,521 Ratings
Laura gave us our tour. She's awesome! Loved the tour for the second time.
What better place for a bunch of woodworkers to visit, and guided by a fellow maker who knows his stuff? We’re in the van on the way back to the city, and everyone is discussing their favorite pieces, and some are planning another visit with their families after our residency. I have a feeling you might even see some details of new work that have been inspired by the things we saw today. And thank you so much for arranging for us to see Bob’s house and also for allowing us all to do this for free. So wonderful!
I am a fan of Wharton Esherick so it was wonderful to see his work and his home.
Great place - a treasure. Nice, helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Although interesting house and objects/art work, the guide seemed hesitant regarding the information and showing the house with antidotes, interesting stories or whatever it would take to make the house come alive. We leaned a little about his family but not all that much. I know the guide had not done the tour for a while but better preparation would have helped, unless there is nothing more to say about him, his family and artwork. I would have enjoyed seeing his workshop or other areas on the property as well but don't know if it was ever open to the public
- Sarah T
Museum was fascinating. Loved that our docent gave us enough general information to start out, and then enough time in each space to really absorb the aesthetics of Esherick's artistry, and could happily answer our questions about Esherick's life, work and a myriad of objects, models, sculptures, desks, drawers, photos etc. in the studio while providing lots of engaging detailed information. Went to Panera Bread after for iced coffee and immediately noticed that the tables and chairs were much too square! Also pleased that the museum is air conditioned - better preserving the artifacts and a blessing to visitors in this heat-advisory humid Summer weather.
Marcy was a great knowledgeable tour guide and made a memorable visit even better.
The museum guide was great--very knowledgeable, friendly, and open to any and all questions. The museum is a true treasure.
Great museum and great guide.
The docent who ran our tour was fabulous! Very knowledgable and friendly. Would highly recommend a visit.
Laura was a spectacular tour guide! I learned so much about this magical studio of Wharton Esherick. There were two young boys on our tour, and it was a delight to see their reactions to this incredible museum gem. A must-see place, definitely worth visiting over and over again, each time learning new aspects of this incredible wood artist! Thanks.
Our docent was excellent, very knowledgeable, and friendly.
We’ve been to WE several times , this is one of our favorite places to share with visitors. Even so, I heard tales and anecdotes today that were new to me. Our friends were enthralled too.
The docent was excellent.
Our docent was well informed and enthusiastic about the amazing talents of Wharton Esherick. The setting is wooded, natural and kept to it's original beauty and vision. An hour long tour was just right. I highly recommend this gem of a museum to anyone who loves sculpture, architecture, design, woodwork, and furniture making. Esherick's works must be seen firsthand to appreciate the beauty and originality.
Bob leads an engaging and informative tour. He is kind and intelligent and has a natural knack for pacing and detail. Highly recommended.
The visit was a look into a unique of art making. Our docent was well informed.
- Dr. Karen
Fabulous guide, fabulous property and examples of his fabulous work!
Very informative tour in a beautiful house. You could touch some of the wood furnishing and sculptures. Reminiscent of Falling Water.
The Wharton Esherick museum would be a life altering experience even without a guided tour- there is so much of the place and the artwork and the craftsmanship that speaks for itself. And with an excellent docent, it is that and more. Our docent was generous and spirited, happy to answer questions and point out important features and share unique stories which gave depth to the experience. We were a mixed age group and each of us felt catered to. Truly a great trip.
Wonderfully informed docent who had a depth of knowledge and a deep love for all things crafted with wood. Probably overstayed our welcome; but enjoyed every minute!
Unique experience. Guide was exceptionally well grounded in Esherick.
What a gorgeous place and the your was wonderful.
Good tour, good tour guide, polite and generous reception staff, great fun!
Guide was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and welcoming... I chose to do the tour barefooted... how many home tours give you that option??? It added a whole dimension to the experience.... warm, smooth and intimate...made the stairs feel like climbing a tree... it’s been too many decades since I’ve enjoyed that sensation! Thoroughly enjoyable...
As a design professional, I wished for more depth, more context, and more time. Would it be practical and useful for the WE Museum to add to or replace some of its tours with ones aimed at professionals? Something more regular and structured than the occasional open house.
WE have visited the museum several times, and this time were bringing friends from out of state. I think they really enjoyed the tour!
Tour guide was fun and informative. Could not be better.
Bob was a wonderful guide. The house was fascinating and we loved learning about it. Esherick was a genius among us. We had a woodworker in our group but there is interest for everyone here. Will return ourselves & encourage others to come!
The location, the setting and perseveration of the workshop and residence, and the knowledge of the tour guide.
Laura Heemer was a very informative and engaging tour guide! The tour was well laid-out and scripted, and the house and studio were beautiful. The interactive quality of the tour and the pieces were also great.
It's been a few weeks and I'm sorry I don't remember the guide's name but he was excellent! Really enjoyed the tour. The house is amazing. (If it helps, our visit was on April 16 at 11:00 am.) Thanks
Fantastic! Just wish it was longer.
I thoroughly enjoyed my tour tody. I learned and enjoyed my experience.
What a wonderful discovery of the art, craft and architecture of Wharton Esherick. Our guide was special