- 678 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.
- 678 Ratings
There could be more background on what the materials are made out of during Q&A. Lots of unanswered questions with regards to what wood was used here and there.
The best part of the tour was our docent. He was very informative and interesting.
It was everything my art instructor told us it would be. Everything made by Wharton Esherick. Everything beautifully done. His creativity was amazing. The publicity was honest and accurate. You were clear that reservations are required. You were clear that you were a bit hard to find so use our GPS and we did.
This building is a unique architectural find. It as great getting a tour that gave information about the artist, his studio and art work. A truly unique experience.
The docent was very informed and the museum was quite unlike anythng I had seen before.
Your tour of Esherick's work, studio and home was particularly interesting to my niece who joined me. She's contemplating an art career, so seeing how someone develops over time and incorporates art into all of life was a good lesson. Within a month I came back with my husband and friends. They and their son have artistic hobbies including furniture-making. Our friend said she is "telling everyone about" your tour and Esherick's fantastic ideas infused into art and usually ordinary household objects. Your tour guides are so interested and interesting. Each tour was distinctive, each day on your site was as different as the weather. Thank you for sharing this local treasure!
Wonderful experience to see the inner workings of such an amazing artist.
Brilliant and fascinating subject. Our guide had a complete command of the subject matter and was pleased to answer any questions. An all around great experience. Will recommend to friends even if not well versed in art or woodworking. Thanks
Visiting the Museum is always a treat. Our docent was much more familiar with some of the technical aspects than usual, which provided a very different sort of insight.
- Mary Beth
Everyone was extremely nice and also quite informative. Our guide clearly had a deep appreciation as well as depth of knowledge for the collection and the artist.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer our questions.
Very interesting site. Wharton was an incredible and ingenious artisan. Our guide, Ron, was excellent and very informative, plus he really knew what he was talkjing about. This has been on my bucket list.
We had a very good tour guide and the woman at the desk was helpful in pointing us to a good lunch spot and Chanticleer Garden (which was fabulous). I cannot think of any way the tour could be improved as we were allowed to ask questions and never felt rushed.
Superb artist in his home studio. Perfect.
We hoped to get a good "picture" of Escherick, the artist. Our tour guide did a great job giving us the details of his life so we could understand Escherick's motivations and accomplishments.
We had an excellent docent and we learned about a very talented artist. The setting of the tour is lovely and Wharton Esherick's creations are fantastic. We came back to Kendal and are spreading the word that all who have never visited should!...and we will return with other family members. We also liked the size of the group we were with....Gay Marshall was our guide. Thank you.
This was my third visit in the past 25 years and five stars is the highest I can give. There should be a sixth rating for Overwhelmed. Our guide, Gay, explained all in great detail and could field all questions. My friend, Marla, was stunned by the range of Wharton's artistic media, output and technical ingenuity. She took pictures galore and shared them with many friends. We shall return.
What an incredible national treasure . The house is nothing short of pure inspiration . A lovely tour indeed . Al Paris
The different stages and additions to the buildings were very interesting and well described. The interior of the studio is quite stunning and there are several terrific pieces still in the studio and home.
Beautiful surroundings, great guide with plenty personality!
We had a new guide, and while she did a great job for her first time, the last tour I took here (fall of 2016) was much more detailed. Hopefully the new guide will gain her confidence and speak in more detail :-)
- Mary Lou
The guided tour at the Wharton Esherick museum is a nice combination of exploring the space and discussion of his works and life. The tour size is small enough that everyone has a chance to really look around and ask questions. Tucked away in the woods this museum is a hidden gem worth seeking out.
This was our second visit and we brought younger relatives who were artists and they loved it as well.. We enjoyed the tour of the museum. Our tour guide was a carpenter, who had a different perspective on his work than our first guide, who was also very good. Every time we come we see different things.
My visit was long awaited. I loved my visit. So impressed with Esherick's creativity, craftsmanship and organization. Loved my visit.
Our tour guide was Mike who was very interesting and informative. The museum is just fascinating and opened my eyes to this incredibly talented artist. Thank you very much.
The tour was great! The docent was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I can't believe we were actually allowed to touch the wood pieces. Amazing!
This is must see. Everything from property, to the wood work, to the light falling on the tower. It's all amazing! I highly recommend this place. The docent was knowledgeable and friendly. I will be back.
I loved the studio and the setting. Our tour guide, Judy, was wonderful! What a great afternoon!
Our docent John V. was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had. The staff at the reception center was very welcoming and accommodating. Overall all the people involved with the tour were very pleasant and made all of us visiting want to return. We found so much personal inspiration from our exposure to Wharton's creativity and genius. Thank you for a wonderful experience. We are raving about it to our friends and acquaintances. What a treasure!
Docent very knowledgable. Amazing body of work to see and touch, inspiring. Will come back again
Fascinating, leisurely tour by a knowledgeable docent. Beautiful furniture, sculptures and other art objects in a gorgeous setting.
Excellent tour for out of town friends. The 13 year old who came with us criticized that the guide would make references to "Of course in the 1960's or 1950's." This was not obvious to him since he was born in 2004. Nonetheless, he enjoyed it, too. Your museum is excellent!
Museum was all I hoped it would be. Staff and Docent were contagiously cheerful!
As a Louis Kahn fan, I came to see the exterior of the 1956 studio (I knew I wouldn't be able to tour the interior). I didn't know anything about Wharton Esherick. I loved the tour of his studio--it was a great introduction to his work, the beauty of his artistry and the whimsy of his engineering solutions. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I'll likely return with friends!
The tour was excellent! The information was terrific, and the museum itself is amazing. I've already recommended it to many friends and several plan to visit. Thank you!
Great visit, second time being back. Ran late to our tour, called to let the museum know, and they waited to start the tour for us. Staff is extremely knowledgable. Lovely visit.
Our guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. We had a large group, but she made sure we all had time to look at the details; and there are details! We wondered later if all his belongings were put in a trust after he had a stroke, why were his tools given away? As an artist myself, I understood his need from an early age to create something. That drive seems to be an inherent part of most artists. The sale of his work was necessary, but the need to create was a separate thing from that. Thank you!
Excellent guide--knowledgeable, approachable. Well-maintained area surrounding museum. Good selection of books about Esherick at gift shop. We were traveling from the Pittsburgh area and needed assurance that we would be able to join a tour before we could plan our trip. Many thanks to the staff who accommodated our request!
The tour started on time, and the group size was good. The guide was new to guiding; she was knowledgeable and spoke clearly. I hope that as time goes on she drops her expressions of how great items are, and simply gives more information rather than repeating her enthusiasm. I would also have enjoyed a little more depth about Wharton Esherick's ties to other artists and writers of his time, and of the Hedgerow Theatre connection. I hope these comments are helpful. It is always a pleasure to visit.
My husband and I are always looking for interesting day trips that are generally no longer than 2 hours away. This was worth the trip and one of the better museums we've been to.
The tour guide was incredible and his knowledge of Esherick was second to none. I'd highly recommend that anyone enjoys learning about artisans, furniture making or art make the time to visit this beautiful property.
The docent was excellent, and obviously passionate about Esherick and his work. Well worth a visit!
Our guide was so knowledgeable!