Welcome Back!

The Wharton Esherick Museum is now open for reservations. We missed sharing the Studio with you and are excited to welcome you back with our Experiencing Esherick tour. An Experiencing Esherick visit emphasizes a sense of place and integrity of materials, thinking broadly about Esherick’s legacy in the fields of art, craft, design, and architecture, and fostering a deep connection to the singular nature of the Studio. Crafted in consideration of Covid-19 safety guidelines, roughly half of this one-hour tour will take place outdoors.

Please review our new visitor guidelines below before booking your tour. 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.

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 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Beginning September 2, 2021 tours will be available at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 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 small, intimate nature of the Museum, 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 join us for a virtual program or explore the Studio from home! 

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

Explore the Studio from home
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Things to know before you visit

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

  Tours are currently limited to a maximum of 4 individuals, all from the same household/family group. Beginning September 2, 2021, tours will expand to a maximum of 6 guests and no longer be limited to a single household.

     All staff, volunteers, and visitors are required to wear masks indoors.* Beginning September 2nd, please be aware that you will be touring the small, intimate spaces of the Studio with other guests and with limited space for distancing. Masks must be worn properly, covering both the nose and mouth.

   Visitors and staff must maintain a distance of six feet or more whenever possible.

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

   If you are unwilling to follow these safety guidelines during your visit, you will be asked to leave the 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 are not 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.

   To increase airflow, Studio doors will be left open during your tour whenever possible. Please be sure to dress accordingly! In the event of rain, the outdoor portion of the tour will be conducted from a covered area, but we encourage you to bring your own umbrella.

  The Museum Store is open during tour days and hours only (Thurs – Sun 10am – 2pm). You can visit our online shop anytime!

   In an effort to create as many contactless procedures as possible, we strongly prefer that store transactions are made by credit or debit card. We have installed a plexiglass shield 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.

Reopening FAQs

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 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Beginning September 2, 2021 tours will be available at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. Tours will expand to a maximum of 6 guests and no longer be limited to a single household.

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 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, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

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 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.