- 1,252 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.
- 1,252 Ratings
The tour was kept to a small group so we could walk around each other and touch and look at things. Our docent Joyce gave us some free time to roam around the downstairs before taking us to the upstairs. She gave a lot of information and frequently asked if there were any questions. One of the questions at the end of our tour was about where we can find more examples of his work. The reply was basically that " you can't unless someone who purchased his furniture opens their house for a tour". I would suggest that an emphasis be made at the start that this is not "only" Wharton Esherick's house and studio, but primarily the only museum where you can find his work. I will add that, though the description of the tour said that you would be walking through small spaces and stairs; If I had brought a person on the visit who had limited ability or could not do so, it would have been a disappointment to everyone involved. Specifically I am talking about the "amazing" stairway. We loved it!
Very unique experience, interesting look into the work of a local artist. Beautiful woodwork, informative tour.
It's the unique wood designs and practicality of his art that makes this museum so special. Also, our docent did a wonderful job.
our guide was fabulous! He knew everything about Wharton, his studio, family & friends.....he encouraged us to touch the furniture and to experience the museum as a home a workspace. Everyone in the welcome center was helpful and friendly. We will be back!
Our docent was extremely knowledgeable and made our visit educational, interesting and fun!
I have known of WE for years and planned on visiting some day. The opportunity to travel from my home in Utah presented itself and I was not disappointed by the museum site, and the tour guide was excellent. Great job preserving an important piece of American history and unique art and craftsmanship. I have no suggestions for improving the work that you do. You seem have it under control.
Great piece of history, architectural building and furniture design.
Great guide, very interesting and informative
Docent was very informative and made the tour interesting. House tour was very unique.
Wharton Esherick's woodworking is exquisite and his museum/studio is interesting, fun and eclectic Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The Fanback Quester group truly enjoyed our experience with you. Thank you for sharing!
Brilliant, knowledgeable and fun tour guide!!! Being encouraged to touch the beautifully sculpted furniture made this a special experience of the creations of Wharton Esherick. Will be back next year for wine & cheese party!
Tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Very interesting tour. Very knowledgeable tour guide.
I love the museum and have visited multiple times... the tour on Sunday was the least inspiring of the several tours I’ve had. She was knowledgeable but wasn’t careful to make sure everyone in the group could see what she was demonstrating and didn’t encourage touching the beautiful wood... felt like she needs to invigorate her tour talk. We still loved it and I was excited to turn on new folks to the museum!! We will be back!
Bob, our tour guide was very enthusiastic about the artwork and the person that Wharton Esherick was. He was engaging and led an extremely interesting tour of the home and artwork. Overall, one of my favorite tours. It left us with a good feeling for the mission of the museum in preserving a legacy worthy of remembrance.
Our tour guide was thoughtful, well-informed and fun to listen to. The house was full of beautiful surprises!
Even though our tour was delayed due to a power outage and we live a bit away, it was worth waiting and more! Bob,our tour docent, was Wonderful! Our group of 10 adults was courteous and great and with a bit of encouragement I believe I could live there forever. I do have a worry. Bob mentioned somehow someone took pictures of the rooms the tour does not include for a virtual escape tour. Please be mindful of people stealing things as well. Hopefully, there are cameras,etc. around. We ended our adventure with lunch at the Wayne White Dog Cafe’. A glorious day. Thank you’s to everyone at the Wharton Escherick Museum. A.E.
WE were BEYOND satisfied! The museum/home/collection just bowled us over. But what really put it over the top was our docent. And, sadly, I can't remember his name. He was both knowledgable, extremely articulate and very personable. I can't wait to come back with the rest of my family.
Beautiful place and very knowledgeable staff!
This was an excellent experience! Wharton Esherick's work is amazing and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and fun!
Great tour of a stunning place. Thank you!
Be ause it is a beautiful, inspiring place and Laura, our tour guide, Is clearly invested in the museum and in Esherick’s work. And it was a joy to learn about the artist, from her!
The tour exceeded my expectations. I loved how we were encouraged to touch all the wood: the sculptures, latches and hooks. He was a truly gifted designer.
Very detailed tour. Great understanding and communication regarding a naster craftsman and artist
Our guide was excellent - extremely knowledgeable, comfortable with the material, and enthusiastic. The museum and the work of Esherick was wonderful to see.
Great detail, very interesting. Started a few min late, waited for part of scheduled group which was a no-show.
What an amazing place and man! Kept my 11 year old twins focused for an hour and a half AND gave than inspiration for their futures. My husband and I went on to learn more. Such a delightful afternoon spent. Highly recommend a visit to any age. A must for all visitors to Philly!
Great docent. Answered all questions, very informative. Everything was gorgeous.
Excellent tour! Katie, Thank You. We had a great time. Had family up from VA! My husband and his brother both enjoy woodworking themselves. We were all so impressed with Katie’s knowledge and enthusiasm. Learned so much during our tour with a new appreciation for the artist and his talent. 😀
The beauty of the unique sculptures, furniture and finishing touches are outstanding. But the docent's knowledgeable added so much to the tour. I am looking forward to visiting again.
The museum itself was just such a unique and special place. The house itself, the amazing artwork within all just a wonder to experience. Also, our docent, Patricia, was the best- very knowlegable about Wharton Escherick as a person and an artist as well as about the house and the artwork within. She was also very clearly passtionate and enthusiatic about the artist and the museum.
The Wharton Esherick Museum is an amazing experience of visiting his home/studio and seeing how he lived and worked, along with alll the ingenious details that he put into the family’s living space. The tour was excellent, full of insightful information about Wharton as an artist , a father, a husband, and a lover of nature that surrounds this beautiful site.
It was a very good tour. I am a bit of a harsh critic so a 4/5 is a great rating
Tour guide at 1:00 was very good