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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.
- 871 Ratings
Our guide could not have been better....she was totally informed, pleasant, and gave an excellent tour.
Our guide was knowledgeable and informative. It was easy to listen to what she had to say and learn some history about the artist, museum and the home. very cool, first time there
Katie was super knowledgeable and engaging. I've already recommended to tour to a few friends.
The group leaders were very knowledgeable and made us all excited about what we were seeing.
Margaret gave us a great tour filled with small interesting details that really made the place come to life. I chose this place randomly on a google search and it was a great pick, so happy to have seen it. Your google maps address says Malvern on it though, so I would consider changing to Paoli.
Our dosun was awesome!
Our docent was well informed and very enthusiastic about Wharton Esherick, his life and history. It made us enjoy our visit even more.
Fascinating artist and interesting life/living space. Excellent tour guide. Last name Levy. She was knowledgeable, informative and pleasant.
As a "sometime" work worker I was inspired to reconsider some of the things I do with wood. Either W.E. was a very patient man or a very fast worker. It seems, that most, if not all his work, had the obvious art to it and then the other part that requires some investigation and study. It reminds me of an "inside joke." It's there but not everyone gets it, so when you finally do get it you feel a little special yourself.
This tour was fantastic. Our guide was very personable,knowledgeable, and you can tell see enjoyed what she was doing. We hope to come back in the spring and see more of Mr. Esericks other places such as the garage where he did his woodworking. It was truly a great experience. Thank you for the survey, Mr. & Mrs. George Scerba of West Chester PA.
Making a reservation on the website was a little confusing, so made a phone call instead. We had not problems with making a reservation by phone. The site is very comfortable for visitors. The guide was very knowledgeable and thorough. Her presentation was very comfortable. She did not rush us through and took her time. She answered questions well. The information was interesting and worthwhile. We felt like we got to see a lot. The length of the tour was good. Will recommend to others. Well done in all areas. We all enjoyed it immensely.
Well informed docent. Adjusted presentation well to interests of tour group. I recognize that the lumber on site was historically available but it would be better if the lumber was used and new lumber rotated into the site so that the lumber Is not left to rot and insect damage. As a woodworker I hate to lumber wasted. It is disrepectful.
Our tour guide, Gay, was very informative and made us feel welcome. The hour went by so quickly with so much to see and imagine, and created a want to experience the space again and to see what one may have missed the first time, or how it may look and feel in different light.
A hidden gem! The docent was wonderful and the studio was breathtaking. I'm recommending it to friends and family.
Our tour guide, Al, was extraordinary. He was so informative -- but also engaging and dynamic, really inspired all of us to pay attention to the details and think about the context for each finely crafted piece. One of the best tours I've been on.
Staff was extremely helpful and tried to answer any questions. Small groups and didn’t feel rushed. Liked that visitors could actually touch larger pieces such as desk tops.
1. Got to see Esherick's work again, 2. Great tour guide
Absolutely amazing! Had a wonderful tour and learned so much! I will definitely be back soon. Highly recommend to everyone!
Great collection and unique opportunity to tour an artist's studio and living space. Docent was great and very knowledgeable. Will definitely be back!
Great tour guide and beautiful building and furniture.
Lots to see in such a small museum. Tour guide to was excellent! Will return in the summer, get a different guide who will point out & discuss things we might have missed this time!
wonderful guide, wonderful place. I will be back again.
Great docent, great tour!
Wonderful tour guide! Knowledgable, pleasant and considerate of all guests.
Magical experience! Can't wait to go back and see it in all the seasons. Favorite new place.
Great tour guide. Incredable biography.
Superb experience , I get something new with each visit and with each docent sharing new stories.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Wharton Esherick's museum. The tour guide was pleasant and very knowledgable ~ very inspirational!
My husband & I received tickets as a gift. We drove 2 hours & enjoyed a delightful afternoon. We were warmly welcomed in the reception area & our docent gave us a wealth of information. Seeing the work of Wharton Esherick amazed us! The studio is crammed with his remarkable creations. He was a master at furniture design. The wood in his designs is gorgeous & visitors are encouraged to feel the warm smoothness. The entire design of the studio & living area is a lesson in using space well & creating beautiful surroundings. Nature is invited inside & the structures on the property are part of the surrounding woods. This place allows one to become immersed in Wharton Esherick's world.
All the staff members were wonderful and very knowledgable. My family and I had a great time there!
The online ticket purchase is simpel, There s ampel parking, the docent s incredbly knowledeable The check in was professional and gaat.
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.