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Wharton Esherick Museum

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Wharton Esherick Museum

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Karen P wrote a review Feb 2020
64 contributions17 helpful votes
What a treat to tour the artist Wharton Esherick’s unique studio/home, where the building is as fascinating as the furniture and sculptures that it contains. Over a 40-year period, Esherick hand-crafted his home, designing and constructing everything from the carved cabinets to the puzzle-like floorboards to the amazing spiral staircase. Everything is smoothly shaped of polished wood, so lovingly finished that your fingers itch to touch - and here you can! Esherick’s furniture designs are organic and whimsical, but surprisingly practical, too, like the self-illuminating desk masquerading as a cupboard, or the hidden drawers built into a velvet settee. A knowledgeable docent led our hour-long tour (reserve online, $15 adults; $13 seniors) and guided us through the surprises and secrets of the house. As a bonus, the road we took to the Esherick Museum took us past several of the sites in the Valley Forge National Historical Park.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Kimberly P wrote a review Jan 2020
Media, Pennsylvania26 contributions4 helpful votes
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What a surprising discovery! This museum is well worth the visit. We went on a rainy day. The tour was interesting.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Robin B wrote a review Oct 2019
Phoenix, Arizona965 contributions489 helpful votes
This is a quirky, thoroughly interesting home/studio to visit. I went in not knowing much about Wharton Esherick and left with a new favorite artist. Our tour lasted about 45 minutes and was led by docent Cathy, who was knowledgeable about the artist and the home. The home is definitely not ADA compliant, so anyone with mobility issues won’t be able to go through it. There is a very small visitor center with restrooms.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Autumn wrote a review Sep 2019
Miami Beach, Florida2 contributions2 helpful votes
Our very enthusiastic docent brought this very small space to life. I agree it is a woodworker’s delight but the place needs a good deep cleaning and the roof replaced.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jane-Marie M wrote a review Aug 2019
Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania23 contributions2 helpful votes
What an amazing museum! We throughly enjoyed our visit. First an interesting synopsis about Esherick's background was shared - truly a necessary factor to understand Esherick's creative purpose. Then the tour group walks through his studio /home seeing the fruition of his artistic endeavors first-hand. Our docent was informative and moved a good pace to allow us to appreciate his work. Be sure to schedule a tour before you go. It gets busy, and this living history museum is small.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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