The Wharton Esherick Museum

Wharton Esherick Museum

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Famed works of craftsmen Wharton Esherick housed in his home-studio-turned museum

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  • $17 for admission for two for a weekend guided tour ($24 value)
  • $34 for admission for four for a weekend guided tour ($48 value)
  • $50 for admission for six for a weekend guided tour ($72 value)
  • $8.50 for admission for two for a children’s tour on Saturday at 11 a.m. ($12 value)

The Wharton Esherick Museum

Wharton Esherick, famed artist and craftsman, was oft heard to say, "If it isn't fun, it isn't worth doing." He brought that idea to every aspect of his life, and especially to his work. The Wharton Esherick Museum celebrates these achievements, housing more than 200 of his original works, from wooden sculpture and furniture to interior designs and even architecture, within the walls of the building that served as his home and studio. The museum describes his legacy not so much as a style of art or shape of chair, but rather as the very existence of an industry for artisinal, hand-crafted wood items bearing non-traditional designs.

Esherick's ever-evolving sense of play lies just as much in the museum's bones as its exhibits. He continually expanded on his house and studio throughout his life, using different materials and styles to expand the home to suit his latest visions or needs. Atop the stone walls of the studio space, for instance, he built a bedroom, raising the bed to the exact height of the window; he liked to watch deer frolic and sunrises spread across the tapestry of farms in the valley below. Later, he expanded his living quarters with a kitchen built inside a rounded tower which he affectionately called "his silo." His home ultimately became a historic landmark, and then the museum itself.

Customer Reviews

Excellent guide gave an exceptional overview and insight into the studio and its history
Lawrence S. · October 4, 2015
You must make reservations before your visit. A dear friend and I just were there this morning. It was a very interesting tour and I gained an appreciation for his work. His studio/home is fantastic, I wanted to move in.
Sharon A. · June 27, 2015
It's a wonderful place to visit. His woodwork is so beautiful and is incorporated throughout the house. It's like walking inside a piece of art. We will definitely be back with friends.
Celeste S. · June 21, 2015

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