Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your tour starts. The Museum is not handicap accessible.
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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
- 494 Ratings
We visited the Wharton Esherick Museum for a second time and enjoyed it immensely. This time we invited friends to join us and we kept the destination a surprise so they would not know what to expect until we arrived. They were thoroughly impressed and delighted. The woodwork is so smooth, so fluid, warm and welcoming. We will be returning again, I'm sure.
Total serendipity! My husband and I live in Nyack, NY and Owen, our younger son, lives in Baltimore. A few months ago Owen suggested that we meet half-way, which has been a great way to keep in touch without either one of us driving the whole distance. I googled to find a good place to meet this time and found the museum, never expecting it to be as inspiring as we found it to be. There were 6 in our group -- my husband and me, our son and his sweetheart, and her parents -- and we were all entranced. We plan to come back on 2nd Sunday and spend more time. Our docent was Julie -- very knowledgeable and welcoming. Such a pleasure in every way! Now I want to learn more about Wharton Esherick.
My visit was a wonderful experience from start to finish. The guide was very informative (and very patient with all of our questions). The scenery is breathtaking and level of thought that was placed in the house/museum is truly exceptional. Finally, everyone there was very welcoming and appeared genuinely happy to be there!
Wonderful museum and excellent tour guide -- I hope to go again! Very friendly staff and beautiful wood work.
Just a fascinating artist
Excellent tour by Mike very accomadating for all the ladies in our tour :-)
Excellent tour guide! Julie was very knowledgeable and shared interesting facts about the artist's life and family. Thanks.
Excellent! loved it!
We had a wonderful visit, and your staff was friendly, helpful and informative. What a magical place! Thanks so much. Dan and Lucy
Authentic experience with the house as the artist left it. A short introductory video showing the artist at work and speaking about approaches to his art would enhance the experience.
Great experience but I wish after the tour we could spend more time in the house to soak it in some more. I felt like when the tour was over we had to leave the house and I wanted to stay inside for a bit longer.
excellent tour, explanation and overall atmosphere
Our guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was a wonderful personal tour. I have visited several times over the past 20 years and I am always delighted by the joy and wonder that Esherick brought to his work and the way he chose to live. It is thrilling to touch the pieces of furniture and know you are adding to the patina and to experience the fine workmanship through touch. Every child should visit to glimpse what can happen when you honor your talents and craft a life that reflects that.
Wonderful place, Janet was a wonderful tour guide! I'm already recommending to friends. Thank you.
Great, informed and enthusiastic docent. Good group size. Nice collection of books at the shop - but mostly just an ABSOLUTELY INIMITABLE EXPERIENCE, being there and being permitted to see it. THANK YOU!!!!
The home and grounds are spectacular. The tour was a little slow and wordy for my taste. It would have also been nice to see some of the areas not open to the tour.
The museum is one of the true treasures of this country. We are so fortunate to have it so close by and that there was the vision to make it into a museum in the first place.
Our tour guide was very informed and excited about the content of the tour. This was my 3rd visit to the museum and I feel like I admire Wharton's work more each time. Such an inspiring place!
I felt very welcomed with my two children; 5 and 7, and the docent (David) even invited them to participate in some of the many interactive devices of the home. My husband and I both left feeling quite inspired!
We enjoyed our visit very much -- the website was clear and precise about buying tickets in advance, arriving early, etc. When we arrived, the staff person in the Visitor Center was welcoming and enthusiastic about Esherick, his prints, and the museum as a whole. Our docent was very well-informed and had an excellent demeanor. The museum itself is unusual in that you are able to go in and sit on some of the furniture and touch anything wood -- it made it feel so much more participatory -- that Esherick's house was also now somehow a place we could visit "him" and not just a museum. You've got a gem and are stewarding it well!
This is a one of a kind place and I don't think everything can even sink in in just one visit. There are so many interesting things to look at in such a small place. It has given me lots of ideas for creativity in my home and in my art. I plan on returning someday to go through it again.
The tour was wonderful, the staff was knowledgeable and friendly, and the art was beautiful.
An amazing jewel hidden in Chester County. Our tour guide was excellent. She was knowledgeable and passionate about the art and the artist. I highly recommend visiting.
Well conducted tour of fascinating place!
We felt a bit rushed through the experience and tour.
Paul is a great guide. I loved the visitor's ability to have a close experience with the objects.
The museum is a remarkable treasure in our region, and although it was my second visit, it was just as inspiring as my first visit. Laura was a wonderful guide, with great stories and history to share. She also managed to handle my hyperactive nephew with good humor and patience. And we didn't break anything! Great visit. Thank you. T
always fascinating artistic aesthetic and method to enjoy; excellent and enthusiastic docent. never tire of it. good luck with the constant repairs - not easy.
Amazing! the tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a true passion for Wharton and is work. It is such treasure to have such an influential artist workshop and home in Chester County. The only negative would be there are few small children in the tour which was a little distracting. Otherwise I highly recommend it for anyone who loves art and architecture.
The building and grounds are beautiful and the staff, from our initial call to our departure, were great.
Wharton Esherick was a masterful sculptor and artist. This museum is a gem of Chester County. We had an incredible docent who taught us so much about the life and works of Esherick. Our last visit was 25 years ago and either we forgot a lot or the tours have gotten much more comprehensive (probably a combination of the two). A must see!!!
Our guide was friendly and so very knowledgeable! The museum is amazing and we had a wonderful time. Registering for the tour was easy. Thank you so much!
The docent was excellent (I believe his name was Al or Alan). He was very knowledgeable, had a great first-hand history, and took the time to explain details and answer questions - he did not rush through the tour. The museum itself is small but is packed with so many items, that having someone to point out the details about the items makes for a richer experience. Allowing visitors to touch the wood is also a plus. It would be great if pictures without flash were allowed inside, especially for some visiting craftspeople who get inspiration from small details of others' work (but that is a minor comment that did not take away from the experience).
The Wharton Esherick Museum is one of the most inspiring places to revive your creative energies and witness first hand what the imagination can hold. It is such a fantastic example of what nature and the creative talents can produce -- Beautiful functional pieces of art. It is my favorite place to bring out-of-town guests. Thank you for preserving the space and teaching others about Wharton Esherick and allowing us into his world.