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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.
- 974 Ratings
- Angela Fleegle
Our Docent was fantastic. She was extremely knowledgeable and conveyed great anecdotal stories about the family & Mr Esherick that made the experience a memorable event. The forethought of his family to preserve this place as a museum is wonderful. I’m so happy I got to see this place and wish I had come sooner.
you are one of the remarkable 'house museums'. i first visited around 1974 when attending art school in philadelphia. that visit left a lasting impression. I believe in those early years there was a restriction on the upstairs spaces. I do not recall having seen them.44 years later the place is even more remarkable. although small, your museum provides a 'deep visit' into the creativity of the artist. even the newly added rain garden is lovely. kind regards
Truly special tour of an eye opening space. Our guide was knowledgeable and to the point. The house and studio were dramatically more impressive than I thought they would be, despite my not insignificant amount of knowledge about the artist. What a treat!!
How much we loved the girls they gave us so much information. Second time we have been on tour there. Thanks
This was my third visit to the Wharton Esherick over the course of 20 years. Each trip has revealed more to my eye and each docent has deepened my understanding of both the man and his work. As a native Philadelphian and a Malvern resident like Esherick I appreciate his love for the city and his contributions to it yet understand his need for the solitude of the woods. My husband and I brought friends from Cape Cod with us on this excursion and they were new to his work and intrigued by it. Coming to the studio is an amazing experience and one that is never forgotten.
We have been to this museum many times and every time is a joy. Each docent brings something new to the experience.
We had a wonderful docent who was very knowledgeable and articulate. What a beautiful, unique place. We were pleased that we could walk around in this most exquisite masterful space.
Very knowledgeable tour guide, very pleasant, and eager to answer our questions.
Guide had deep knowledge of WE and his background and approach. She was not stumped by any questions.
Fantastic museum! Our docent was unbelievably knowledgeable and his presentation of Wharton Esherick’life and work was extremely interesting.
We really enjoyed the small group tour. The docent was incredibly knowledgeable.
Maria did a great job
The Wharton Esherick Museum is excellent, full of wonderful and unexpected work. It’s inspiring to see the world through the eyes of an artist. And to experience the energy and vitality and engagement of an artist’s mind and imagination, through his work, and the intimacies of his studio and home. Our guide, Bob, was fantastic — a great storyteller with a wonderful knowledge and affection for his subject. We really enjoyed our visit. — L.C. Bob gave our group such a wonderful tour of Wharton Esherick’s studio, that I think will remain etched in my memory for a long time to come. What astonished me was how the narrative of Esherick’s struggle to become the artist he became was punctuated by chance and surprise discoveries. This leads throughout the creative life of this American master, including his sales of his own kitchen tables and personal furnishings, his beautiful handmade gifts to those who invited him for dinner, and his honoring of gifts made for him. This museum experience is probably one of the great hidden treasures of America, akin to the old experience of lining up to go to the original Barnes, but more intimate and charmingly guided. — John Sevcik
I had an idea of what to expect, and the things I saw exceeded my expectations. Additionally the woman giving the tour knew her stuff and had a very pleasant style. I'll be sure to suggest people I know see this.
Amazing visit to an incredible place with an exceptional docent! Cannot think of anything that would require improvement!
Laura was personable and knowledgeable. She did a great job. What's not to like. It was all good.
Great museum and great tour.
a great docent, the home exceeded my expectations.
Our guide was wonderful, very informative, very beautiful place
The tour was intimate, friendly & informative. The studio was beyond our expectations! We live a few miles away and can't wait to return now that we've discovered this gem.
The Wharton Esherick Museum has been on my local destination "to see" list for 2-3 years. My wife and I, plus 2 out-of-town guests found the visit very interesting and enjoyable. Our tour guide, Mike, did a very fine job with our group. Parenthetically, I might add that the issue arose whether it was appropriate to give a docent a tip for his time and effort. I discrete mention by the cashier, at the time of ticket purchase, or small unobtrusive sign might be considered to address this issue.
It was wonderful to see the inside of this artist's house and the beautiful creations he made. I was inspired to find out more about him.
Tour guide was excellent. He provided an in depth description of the lifestyle and works of this amazing artist. I am intrigued with the relationship between the family and Rose Valley & Hedgerow Theatre which is a couple miles from where I live. Your place provides a magical setting for the public to see and hear how the lifestyle, values, and pasion of a professional artist differs from the majority of people.
It was a cool day. Our tour was the last one and perhaps there were too many on that tour. It seemed different from 20 years ago. Not sure it was the tour, the work, or me. I will recommend it to others. Appreciate the fact that it is a smaller and almost sustainable home. Always appreciate the fact that Esherick was very conscious of his surroundings and wished to be part of the landscape. Some of the pieces look a little tired and might need some careful refurbishing. 20 years ago I was amazed at the whole scene, this visit I was more critical. Could just be age or perhaps I have grown in my observations. The purpose of the visit was to introduce my grandson to Wharton Escherick work and to have a perspective on woodworking that is an art form. The volunteers should be commended and we offer our well wishes for the museum. Thank you.
Fantastic tour guide who was very passionate and knowledgeable. Made it fun and very informative for all.
Well guided and very informative. The studio was very inspiring to my family of creative wood workers
Our docent, Patricia, was great. She was engaging and so well informed. The tour was so fascinating - what a great place! Patricia was doubly amazing because my friend had to step out mid-tour for an important phone call, which we were both very embarrassed about, but Patricia handled it extremely well. When we re-entered the tour, she caught us up to speed very quickly and without disrupting the rest of the guests. It was a great experience, and I would definitely return/ recommend to friends.
We had a wonderful guide who gave us so many interesting historical details
- Denise Hay
A fascinating tour and a fantastic docent who hit all the right notes. Also a delight for our out of town guests one of whom has an interest in woodworking.
What an amazing house! I appreciate that the tour is limited to an hour because there is so much to see and learn about that it would be too overwhelming all at once.
Our tour guide Mike was very informative and provided a lot of details about the structure of the studio, the history behind it and all the details in the studio itself; there was much more than I realized and exceeded my expectations of the what I was going to see. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing, talented artist in our region here.
Bery froendly and informative staff. Our guide was pitstanding and wr learned much more than what we wxpected. What a hauntingly great place!
Tour was very informative and enjoyed all the pieces in the collection along with history of the house/studio. Well worth the trip
We came as a family with our adult children and we were fascinated with all the variety of crafted items. So much to see in such a short time. Our guide Rob was great. Thanks for a great experience. Eleven people in our group was too many for viewing the space.
Docent was well informed and flexible. Ability to take photos inside was a good change!
Great experience...well informed tour guide...had not heard of the museum except from a relative who had been there
I very much liked everything about the tour and plan to do it again on one of the second Sundays. The docent was especially helpful and knowledgeable.
Our docent was excellent! She gave a wonderful tour despite the fact that there were two very rude female visitors in our group. The docent kept her cool and handled them firmly while being professional, engaging with everyone else, and with an upbeat persona. Wonderfully handled. We will definitely visit again soon.
Janet was extremely knowledgeable and answered all our questions. What a wonderful place to visit!
When you walk into that house, it's like stepping into Wharton Eshericks mind.
I brought my good friend Trish Baily, who is from Tasmania (Australia) but who spent time in America as an Exchange Student in the early 1970's and has grown to love the area. She was thrilled with the exhibit, as was I. Roslyn was an excellent Docent, and since we had several artists in our group, it was extra fun. Thank you.