The Wharton Esherick Museum is open for tours!

We missed sharing the Studio with you since our closure began in March and are excited to welcome you back.

Please review our new visitor guidelines below. Our Reopening FAQs should help answer all of your questions when planning a visit to the Museum, but please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions at info@whartonesherickmuseum.org.

Open to WEM Members beginning 9/10

Open to General Public beginning 9/17

All visitors must have advance reservations. 

To ensure a safe return to the Studio we are reopening in phases, beginning with the strictest guidelines and limited operations. During the first phase of our reopening, tours are available Thursday – Sunday at 2:00 pm.

The safety of our visitors, members, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. Due to the ever-changing health and safety guidelines and the unique complexities of the Wharton Esherick Museum’s immersive environment, all policies will be re-evaluated on a regular basis and updated as needed.

All information is subject to change.

Please understand that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. If you feel unsure about visiting in person, you can always explore the Studio from home!

Thank you in advance for helping to keep our community safe!

Reopening FAQs

Things to know before you visit

   All visitors must have advance, paid reservations prior to arriving on-site. No exceptions will be made.

   Tours will be limited to a maximum of 4 individuals, all from the same household/family group.

   In order to adhere to CDC distancing guidelines, the bedroom space will be closed to tours.

   Tours are open to Pennsylvania residents only at this time.

   No children under the age of three may be on site at this time.

   All staff, volunteers, and visitors are required to wear masks at all times on the premises, both indoors and outside.* Masks must be worn properly, covering both the nose and mouth. Disposable face masks will be available for purchase.

   Visitors and staff must maintain a distance of six feet or more at all times.

   If you are feeling unwell please postpone your visit. Please email info@whartonesherickmuseum.org and we will be happy to reschedule your tour.

*The Wharton Esherick Museum is committed to accessibility for all visitors. If you or a member of your household group has a medical condition or disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering, reasonable accommodations will be made for you. Please email us at info@whartonesherickmuseum.org in advance of your visit.

What to expect during your visit

   Hand sanitizer will be available for guests to use.

   Visitors will no longer be allowed to touch any surfaces or objects in the Studio.

   An increased frequency of cleaning procedures will ensure that high-touch surfaces and restrooms are disinfected.

   The Store is only open to visitors who are on site for a tour with an advance reservation. You can visit our online shop anytime!

   In an effort to create as many contactless procedures as possible, all store transactions must be made by credit or debit card; no cash will be accepted at this time. We have installed plexiglass shields at our sales desk.

   We are limiting the number of people allowed in the museum spaces for the foreseeable future. Staff will facilitate entry and directional flow through both the Studio and the Visitor Center.

   No eating or drinking allowed anywhere on the premises.

To ensure a safe return to the Studio we are reopening in phases, beginning with the strictest guidelines and limited operations.

At this time, tours are available Thursday – Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Book your visit to the Studio at the link below.  Only one spot will be available per tour time. Once you complete your reservation we will contact you to confirm the number of guests in your household/family group (maximum of 4).

Please note that once you have made your reservation you will be asked to confirm your contact information, Pennsylvania residency, and other aspects of our visitor safety guidelines. We reserve the right to cancel your tour reservation if we do not receive this information within 24 hours of your scheduled visit.

MAKE A RESERVATION

Admission

  • Adults: $15.00
  • Seniors (Ages 65 and up): $13.00
  • Students (ID Required): $12.00
  • Children (Ages 5-12): $8.00
  • ACCESS/EBT Cardholders: $2.00 (Call or email for reservations)
  • Members: FREE 

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled tour to receive a full refund. If you need to cancel or reschedule please call 610-644-5822 or email us at info@whartonesherickmuseum.org.

The museum is closed each year for the months of January and February as well as all major holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Museum Members always enjoy free admission. Become a member today.

Current members, we’ve automatically extended all memberships active between March 31 and August 31, 2020 for 5 months. We look forward to welcoming you back!

Along with museums and businesses across the country and around the world, the Wharton Esherick Museum closed in mid-March and has suffered substantial financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donate now and help us recover from these unexpected losses with creativity and resilience. Thank you!

COVID-19 Studio Relief Fund

Additional Tips for Visiting

  • Low-heeled shoes only please! This helps protect our floors. Guests may be asked to wear shoe covers (over their shoes).
  • Casual photography is permitted on tour (no tripods please). Videography is prohibited.
  • Large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the Museum. If you bring them along, you may be asked to return them to your car.

Expanded Access

ACCESS cardholders receive admission to the Studio for $2 per person (for up to 4 people). To book your visit, ACCESS Cardholders must call (610) 644-5822 or email info@whartonesherickmuseum.org to make advance reservations. Please bring your valid ACCESS/EBT card and photo ID with you. Cardholders must present these onsite to receive the discount.

Not valid for event or program admission, or with any other offers or group rates. ACCESS Admission is a city-wide initiative led by Art-Reach. 

Accessibility

Wharton Esherick’s studio residence is his most iconic work and we are committed to enabling all visitors to experience this special space.

Due to the historic, hand-built nature of the building and a spiral staircase which connects an upper and lower level, portions of the studio are not accessible for individuals who use wheelchairs or have other mobility issues. In lieu of navigating through these spaces physically, we provide printed or digital material as a way of exploring these spaces.

Accommodations can be arranged in advance for visitors of all needs and abilities including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, those who are blind or have low vision, or other intellectual, developmental or sensory specific needs.

Care partners who accompany visitors are admitted free of charge.

Service animals are welcome at the Museum.

To learn more and schedule your visit please contact info@whartonesherickmuseum.org or call 610-644-5822.