Wharton Esherick Museum
Wharton Esherick Museum
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Thursday
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
Please note: ALL VISITORS MUST HAVE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. Wharton Esherick was a sculptor who worked primarily in wood, readily extending his unique forms to furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings, and more. His motto, "if it isn't fun, it isn't worth doing," is evident in the joyful expression of his work, inviting the eye and the hand. A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there. The Museum is open to the public through guided tours for which reservations are required.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Trixie1953
Huntingdon Valley, PA380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Most enjoyable visit to the museum. Only 8 in the group with a wonderful docent, Cindy. A great way to learn about Wharton Esherick and be amazed at what he accomplished. The whole house was beautiful furniture with a definite purpose. He seemed to have an ingenious mind. Cindy was great explaining what we saw and also personal information. Great way to spend the morning. Just a word of caution to wear
sneakers as steps are a little strange.
Written September 4, 2023
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Lee5608
Downingtown, PA445 contributions
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Jan 2019 • Couples
First of all, you have to love art and wood working. If not. Stay away. That is all the displays you will see. It is the home of local Chester County artist and sculpture, Wharton Esherick. An inspired wood worker, furniture maker and sculpture in wood. The house alone is fascinating, but the art he filled the space with is even more inspiring. He was an absolute master in wood. I could go on and on, but you really need to visit and see for yourself. Make reservations for a tour or you may not get in. Highly recommended. Nice pace, lots to see and great information. Beautiful.
Written January 15, 2019
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WGraham68
Wilmington, DE85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
Was tipped to this by friends who know my interest in woodworking and natural shapes. Esherick, Maloof and Nakashima are three amazing woodworkers and I had no idea Esherick lived just an hour away. Each docent gives a variation on the story since this man reinvented himself several times over his life. First as a painter and then later into sculpting, wood working and the blend of these. The tour is NOT handicap friendly since it involves using the handmade narrow spiral staircases and low ceiling steps but the collection is marvelous. As in so many places, you can't take pictures which was a disappointment for me, however, most of what I saw can be found online or in books available at reasonable prices at the admissions desk/room/gift shop.
Pay attention to the directions as this place is tucked back in a residential area and is not obvious until you are just about there.
Written July 23, 2014
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giraffelt
Toronto, Canada39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
As a woodworker I was aware of Wharton Esherick but hadn't really been a fan. Pictures of some of his work had seemed to me to be to far to the form side of the form vs function equation. Nonetheless since we were visiting Philadelphia I decided to visit the museum.

What a charming whimsical home. Every inch is representative of his work, art and architecture. Its a very tactical experience and you want to touch every wood surface. With the explanations given by the guide about Wharton's philosophy I now have an understanding of his work and a new found admiration. He truly was the father of American contemporary studio furniture.

We had seen the famous fireplace mantel at the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art the day before visiting the Esherick museum so our expectations had already been raised and we weren't disappointed.

A must see museum set in a charming wooded area for anyone who enjoys art, sculpture, architecture, furniture design or woodworking
Written July 12, 2012
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Pnemiller
Kutztown, PA2,191 contributions
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Jun 2012 • Couples
This is the home of Wharton Esherick who was a master on woodworking--sculptures, furniture, cabinets, etc. He bought the property close to 100 years ago and built an unusual home which displays his genius and humor. Just walking up the amazing steps inside the home gives you an idea of how his mind worked. The home is located just west of the Valley Forge National Park, southof route 23, It is somewhat tricky getting there and a GPS comes in handy. Guided tours are offered for $12, ($11 AAA discount) and are very informative about the man, his work and his home. It is recommended that you make advanced reservations because the tours are filled at different times.
Written June 7, 2012
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laurabirdsboro
birdsboro3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
It is so hard to leave the Wharton Esherick Museum, I wanted to stay there with my husband and my cousins and friend forever, it is so exciting, and interesting and intriguing around every single corner, wherever your eyes take you, the amazing warmth and sensual feel of the wood, was so comforting, Al our tour guide, has a love of the place that emits as he describes the detail and stories behind each piece, I must return on a more regular basis to get this feeling. Thankyou for allowing people to share in this magical wonderland. Laura Hawkins Nannen
Written June 3, 2012
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rak
New York City, NY16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Wow Not worth going to if they are getting all political on us. I used to visit at least twice a year. No thanks.
Written October 27, 2021
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DJ F
New York City, NY12 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Friends
Wharton Esherick was a prolific artist who made a whimsical home and filled it with wood carvings and other artistic delights that are a treat to see. This is technically a "museum," but it's really a place where you step into the mind of a brilliant craftsman. I went having never heard of Wharton Esherick and left being so appreciative of his work and his vision. I'd highly recommend this museum, which is only a short drive from Philly.
Written September 25, 2018
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miscalane
Philadelphia, PA1,030 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
If you appreciate art, this place is a must-see! The pictures could never do justice! The clever use of space, the story, the craftsmanship was beyond our expectations when we arrived! Be sure to make advance reservations on their website. A true hidden treasure of an under celebrated genius!

Our 10 year old, who is very artsy, well behaved & has been to many art museums loved this tour!
Written May 5, 2018
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jeant831
Philadelphia, PA251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
A gem of a museum to the art of Wharton Esherick. Hidden away in Malvern Pa, Esherick's House is preserved as he left it and is a study in his craftsmanship in wood. From the columns to the desk & hutch with carved facades & utilitarian elements, You sense his presence and his skill. Highly recommend.
Written October 21, 2017
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