- 1,150 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.
- 1,150 Ratings
We had a great time! The staff was very knowledgeable, courteous and accommodating. The entire tour did feel a bit rushed however. It would have been nice to have a little bit of free time before, after, or during the tour to independently observe the pieces/grounds. Otherwise, everything was really fun!
Docent was excellent! Young lady who greeted us was very friendly, helpful & informative.
Beautiful day, fascinating place, good tour.
Docents were very knowledgeable and allowed us to really understand Wharton.
The tour was very interesting and so well presented by our docent. I really got a sense of the man from her presentation and Esherick's home is so well preserved. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Our guide was informative and friendly. She struck a very nice tone with our group.
Interesting and unusual
Great Tour guide! I was on the 1:00 tour. Jessica
Terrific docent! Amazing setting and wonderfully creative art by W. Esherick.
The docent was terrific. She was knowledgeable and fun. Every time I visit I see something new. The docent helps that . Her enthusiasm was contagious. I love the sailboat aspect of the storage.
Interesting, enthusiastic docent. Very knowledgeable.
Esherick's work is brilliant, and the story of his life is fascinating. He was a genius designer, craftsman, and builder, and those accomplishments are all on display at the museum. Apparently he was self-motivated and self-sufficient to a fault, or at least to the point where he was satisfied with a lesser degree of fame than he surely could have won if he had been more gregarious and more of a self-promoter. . . . Our tour was led by Mike Hughes, who does a superb job of identifying features of design of the structures on the property and the objects in them. A craftsman himself, he is able to explain with exceptional clarity how things were made and what they were made of. . . . We had seen Esherick pieces in other museums but had not realized how large and varied his body of work is -- had not appreciated that he was a truly significant American artist. We learned a great deal on this excellent museum tour, and feel enriched by it.
The docent was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the museum.
Thursday morning's docent was very informative; very articulate. On our third visit, we continued to learn and appreciate Esherick's work. No suggestions for improvement.
Very knowledgeble guide, Bob, very enthudiastic and entertaining! Great musuem of a remarkable artist Wharton Esherick! I did not know he lived nearby- our friends have been in the museum and invited us to go with them! We enjoyed a lot and will be back !
The guide (I think his name was Bob) was excellent and gave us a great feel of the artists life.
We loved the entire experience! Our tour guide,Janet was excellent. She was great explaining Wharton's work and the house. You could tell she was passionate about his work and his life. My husband is a carpenter and fine wood worker. I went to art school and minored in printmaking. Wharton Eshreck is a kindred spirit and will forever admire his talent!
I love this place. I always find new things to see and I get great ideas for my own projects.
Having arrived early, allowing for weekend traffic, we enjoyed the extra time to read the history, see photos and memorabilia, place Esherick within the artistic communities that flourished in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Our docent, Nicky, answered questions if we inquired, even though we would have heard some of the information later, in the full presentation/tour, while we awaiting others. An opportunity to purchase postcards and books.
My son and I both had a great time. The tour guide did a great job giving us a glimpse into the life and work of Wharton Escherick.
Our tour guide, Bob had an excellent presentation. Also, the museum staff was very friendly and helpful.
The guide, Maria, was very informative and we saw a lot of WE's pieces and got a real feeling for how he lived. Would have liked to see the other buildings where he made the pieces.
The tour was very interesting and the tour guide was very knowledgeable . The length of the tour was a perfect amount of time. The only suggestion I have to improve the experience would be to get a bigger sign telling visitors where to park. I initially parked in what I was told was the fire lane. Clear signage at the parking area on the road would have been helpful.
Such a brilliant and innovative craftsman. So ahead of his time with inventions we take for granted today. Loved every step.
Fascinating building. Interest life. Marie was an excellent guide. She explained everything quite well and was very knowledgeable about Esherick.
Our tour guide was great! She was so knowledgeable and friendly. Answered my son’s and my questions. This museum is a great gem in our area!
Great hidden gem in Chester County. Wonderful enthusiastic tour guide. Really got a sense of what it was like to be Wharton Esherick.
- Woody & Bonnie
Very interesting and very well presented . Our docent, Margaret Back, did an excellent job of explaining everything
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and our guide was very informative. We appreciated the fact that we were allowed to walk through the house, touch and feel the furniture and see all the detail of Wharton’s life. Highly recommended.
Amazing studio museum, well-curated and well-run, and very informative tour guide. The guide tended to ignore me when I tried to ask questions but if I repeated myself loudly several times I got a response. Thank you!
The tour guide was excellent: informative, gracious, full of interesting stories. The building is fascinating and beautiful, each item could be studied and gazed upon for hours. Thank you for this intimate-feeling experience!
Our docent, Katie, was excellent! She was knowledgable and shared the information in a way that was easy to follow and understand. The tour did not seem rushed yet was only a bit over an hour. It was nice that you are allowed to touch the wood surfaces to better appreciate the craftsmanship. Highly recommend and would return!
The docent gave a wonderful tour, answered all our questions and was very pleasant. I enjoyed it very much.
I loved the tour from start to finish, it was actually my second tour and well worth the wait. I especially loved meeting the staff, all wonderful, dedicated people, and I'm sure artists all. My mother is a history and art history major and she gave me my love for art. The W. E. Museum is a rare gem in this neighborhood and a joy to visit. Seeing inside an artist's studio is insight into how the person thinks; the tour offers the observer a look at his home and passions. It is truly an honor to be part of the tour experience. W. E.'s story is distinctive and the museum truly a worthy destination. I'll be back!
It was a wonderfulf docent lead tour into the life and times of WE.
Mike was our docent. I'd been here once before, but he added a level of appreciation, and expertise (the woodworking info) that made it extra enjoyable. What an amazing place.
Mike was a wealth of information, clear, articulate and you could tell- with a love of woodwork. I absolutely just LOVE being in the artists workspace. This was my second visit and I hope to be back. I would also hope to someday tour the part that is the residence for the son-in-law. The best part is being in the artist’s home & workspace.
Excellent guide Mike knew everything answered all questions very in-depth tour Big negative— couldn’t find it without 2 phone calls to Laura!!! Thx
The Wharton Esherick house is a hidden gem- a must see for architecture and woodworking aficionados. A truly unique home.