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Wharton Esherick Museum

1520 Horse Shoe Trl, Malvern, PA 19355, Paoli, PA 19355-9519
+1 610-644-5822
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It has been over 4 years since we last visited this unique museum. It still amazes. The docents we... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Hidden gem!

This home and studio of artist, sculptor, and craftsman Wharton Esherick is a hidden treasure... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1520 Horse Shoe Trl, Malvern, PA 19355, Paoli, PA 19355-9519
+1 610-644-5822
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

It has been over 4 years since we last visited this unique museum. It still amazes. The docents we had (one person did the introduction outside and one inside) were terrific. We gained new insights and appreciation for the work and personality of Esherick. For...More

Thank Wil012014
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This home and studio of artist, sculptor, and craftsman Wharton Esherick is a hidden treasure. Playful, whimsical, and unique, Esherick's work is organic to his region. If you love the Arts and Crafts movement, here you will be able to experience a studio as he...More

Thank jazzyz2002
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This is an exceptional art museum. Julie, our guide, was knowledgeable and friendly. I have lived in the area all of my life and sad to say was not familiar with his work. My husband especially enjoyed the attention to detail. The sculptures and furniture...More

Thank karenmc90
Reviewed 28 November 2016

I LOVE the Esherick Museum!! He was a genius in wood craft. Our docent, Mr. Z., was very knowledgeable and more than happy to answer questions. It was a leisurely tour...we didn't feel rushed at all. It was my 4th time visiting the museum, and...More

Thank violinist49
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Way more interesting than expected. Tour guide very good and seeing sculptures and tour of home fascinating. Amazingly talented woodworking reminds you of Frank Lloyd Wright. Will visit again and bring friends.

Thank Lena S
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Paoli Wharton Esherick’s carved wood furniture, sculptures and incidentals, samples of which are now exhibited in his Studio near Valley Forge Park, have been a magnet for arts and crafts lovers for a long time, and so I decided to drive out to his Studio,...More

Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed seeing where Wharton Escherick created his wonderful works of wood and seeing how he lived and worked. The eccentric house is filled with his works, models and tools. You can touch all the wood (not the upholstery). Our docent Al was terrific,telling us...More

Thank Philalady
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Very, very special, a bit of a drive, but well worth it - probably the most interesting place we visited in the Philadelphia broader area - I knew absolutely nothing about Wharton Esherick before we visited his home, but now I know a lot and...More

Thank Leonard C
Reviewed 7 July 2016

I've been to a couple of other type homes like this across the country, but this one sticks in my mind the most. tour is full of info, you can't help but appreciate his talent. very tight quarters, so everyone needs to be mindful. great...More

Thank let r
Reviewed 4 April 2016

I give this place 5 stars for the house and grounds and 4 stars for the tour. The most stunning part of the house are the unusual winding cantilevered steps throughout the house. The tour was a little slow and there were parts of the...More

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