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Address: 1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA 19355, Paoli, PA 19355
Phone Number:
+1 610-644-5822
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Wharton Esherick was a sculptor who worked primarily in wood, readily...

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2017
Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 in wood are practical, stylish, and beautiful. It is the only museum where people are... More 

Thank karenmc90
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 I could go 4 more times to see the work of this outstanding craftsman. The... More 

Thank violinist49
Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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, now a National Historic Landmark for Architecture. Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) began his career as a... More 

Thank Elisabeth B
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 all about Esherick as a person, his family, friends, clients and quirks. There was a... More 

Thank Philalady
Houston, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 his story is fascinating. Highly recommend it.

Thank Leonard C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 close by place to take out of town company. plan on going more than once.

Thank let r
new jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 house and property that were off limits. Overall an unusual and worthwhile experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

this attraction is so much fun - not very large but large in the visual interests! clever architecture, furniture forms, built-ins, statues, woodcuts. enjoy esherick's visions with friends and family. being unforgettable, this home/studio creates a never ending conversation. our docent was engaged and engaging; enthusiastically offering boundless information. please note: due to the uneven walking surfaces, small spaces and... More 

Thank Calimamie
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

Definitely worth seeing.... Very unique and interesting.... Never saw anything like it amazing furniture etc


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