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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.
- 828 Ratings
Fabulous! We really enjoyed both the site and the docent
The house was fantastic and the tour guide well informed.
Cynthia Latham was an excellent guide.
my family ranged in ages from 9-69 my grandchildren were enthralled with the entire experience they are very creative so to see someone who took the road less traveled and become a success was marvelous my granddaughter is the one (9) who loves to create so much information was beautifully weaved into the presentation thank you I plan on returning
It was our first time learning about Wharton Esherick's work and how he connects to a larger web of cultural connections...and a lifetime of creative pursuit. Our guide Al Trapuzzano was marvelous and the whole staff very friendly and welcoming.The museum seems thoughtful stewarded by a group of very passionate people, and we look forward to seeing it evolve over time.
Amazing artwork with knowledgeable and accommodating staff
Very knowledgeable and engaging guide. Small enough group to be able to see and hear. Appreciated the biographical info about Esherick, his ties to the local area, as well as the info about how ee worked and the development of his artistic style. Little replicas of some of his more whimsical work to be available fir purchase at the gift shop, would be nice.
We had an excellent docent for our tour. We will certainly return.
Quiet, professional presentation of this NHL site. Excellent reception and guide. Spectacular day though I believe we'd enjoy it in any weather. Will be back.
This is a hidden gem for the Delaware Valley. Eschrick was a very interesting person and his museum / home was well worth the trip. Our guide was informative and articulate. Has been 20 years since I last came and it has only gotten better
Site exceeded expectations. Roslyn, our group's docent, was relaxed and friendly and informative. She kept the tour moving withou making us feel rushed. Laura at reception was lovely in welcoming us. It was a beautiful day and an experience to cherish! Thank you.
We had spectacular time viewing and touching the works of Wharton Eschrick. The breadth was amazing; the site magnificent
The tour was great, everyone was welcoming and friendly! I️ would come again and bring my children.
Our tour guide was very nice, friendly, and very prepared. I was visiting with my parents who don't speak English, and she was so patient, allowing me the time to quickly translate everything for them. Thank you, I'll be back with more guests!
This museum visit was a personal and professional pilgrimage for me. Wharton Esherick's nephew, Joseph Esherick was my mentor in graduate school - a beloved professor of architecture. He used to tell us about what inspired him to study architecture - it was his uncle's studio, and in particular the spiral wooden stair that seemed to him like a structural miracle. I have been teaching architecture now for 27 years in Montana and I never imagined I would have the chance to see the studio and stair, as I didn't know it was a museum. Late in Joseph Esherick's celebrated career I had the honor of hosting him on a visit to Yellowstone, where we got a private tour of the newly renovated Old Faithful Inn, with another amazing wooden stair that he had always wanted to see - and we took him right up into the crow's nest and onto the widow's walk on the roof - he said it was a lifelong wish of his to see that. I was in Philadelphia this month to see my students receive the Peterson Prize award from the Historic American Building Survey and AIA, and found-out about the Esherick museum (in a web search). The museum staff were good enough to allow me to take a later tour, as I arrived too late for my reserved tour. Our tour guide was incredibly informative and passionate about the studio and Wharton Esherick's work. It was really a tremendous visit, and absolutely the highlight of my Philadelphia trip.
Wonderful tour guide.
The house was awesome and the tour guide (I don't remember his name, but it was the 3 pm tour on Sat. Nov. 18th) was personable, kept the tour very interesting and even took time to point out things to my kids to keep them involved, Even my 5 year old said he had fun.
Very interesting and informative. Really enjoyed the tour.
The tour guide was great (but forget her name--11:00 group). She was knowledgeable and answered the groups' many questions. We have been wanting to visit there for years and finally went. So many wonderful creations, ideas, innovations, it was just amazing in every nook and cranny of the place: the historical, social, artistic, cultural, etc. Thank you for the tour and the work you do to keep this treasure going so others can experience it.
love this house! was my first time and learned a lot...would definitely return next time I am on the east coast!
The tour gave us seemingly free access to the house and the tour guide's explanations were clear and very interesting.
The tour was very informative and Ruth did an excellent job highlighting the unique architectural features of the studio as well as the artwork and the life of the artist. As a novice woodworker, the Museum was a "treasure chest" for me and gave me an appreciation of his work and attention to detail. I will be back!
Very detailed tour guide with lots of personal information about Wharton. The house and shop are so unique that it is a really fun experience. And of course the Design and craftsmanship is fantastic.
wonderful museum. a hidden gem...
I would have wanted to hear more about his printing press and fine art path.
This was my 3rd time at the Wharton Esherick House, this time to bring my uncle (who is an amateur woodworker) and aunt for the first time. They absolutely loved it as I knew they would! Our lovely tour guide has had a long history herself with the property which made it all the better.
Our docent Janet Levy was knowledgeable, easy to understand and had stories to help illustrate Wharton Esherick's motivations for the furniture and other art he made. The receptionists were friendly and well-organized. Although I prefer to self-guide in museums, this small group tour is an enjoyable format here.
The museum is a place of wonder, a magical structure in a magical setting. Every square inch, every object, is fascinating. Wharton Esherick was evidently the embodiment of the perfect combination of artist, craftsman, engineer and practical guy. Our tour guide was excellent; she really knows her stuff and presented it in an engaging way. It's impossible to take everything in in one visit; we plan to return and will certainly recommend it to everyone we know.
The grounds, studio and house were absolutely beautiful, will definitely be back. What did bother my girlfriend and I was that our tour guide, before even starting the tour, immediately mentioned there was a tour after us, and we would have to quickly move through the various parts of the house. Felt rushed around quite a bit while on the tour. We noticed the tour before us was exiting the house as we were entering the house; we were OUT of the house before the tour after us even started. Again, will definitely be back to the museum, but hope the next tour will have a slightly slower pace. Thank you
Unique and beautiful property; such a gifted artist, and our excellent guide brought it to life and answered our questions. Great experience!
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AN excellent nod extensive tour was given by Wharton himself and every moment was cherished. i love this museum and have never had that special tour due the Oct. 31 date.
The Wharton Esherick Museum is a fantastic organization. I arrived with my Dad to realize I had booked the wrong day, but they were kind enough to sneak us into the tour anyway. While half of the tour arrived roughly 30 minutes late, Gay, the tour guide, was accommodating and ensured that even the late comers got a full experience. Her knowledge of the house and history of Esherick added immensely to the experience. You are able to explore his house and studio as it was decades ago, when he lived and worked there. The grounds are beautiful, staff is top-notch, and tour guides are kind, knowledgeable, and enrich the experience. Would recommend any lover of Esherick, Woodworking, Art, or even simply nature to come and check out this amazing museum. Will defiantly be returning soon!
Our 11am tour guide, Auveda (spelling?) was phenomenal! She was knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining. An excellent guide! She made the entire experience much more enjoyable. We learned so much about Wharton Esherick.
The house and its contents are fascinating, unusual, and so very beautiful. Great guide. We loved the grounds too and the beautiful trees.
A beautiful site, a fascinating personality, and so many details about the house and furniture/artwork included in the tour.
The museum is a treasure in the woods which after living in the Phoenixville area for a lifetime we were unaware of its existance. Cynthia, our docent, was a wealth of knowledge and a pleasure to listen to. Her voice projected so well that I didn't have to strain even though I wear hearing aids. Do not have a single negative comment to make.
Our docent Gaye was knowledgeable and patient and artful dealing with a particular guest. Well done