Frequently Asked Questions
How do I purchase tickets?
Tour tickets must be reserved and purchased in advance. Make your reservation here. Walk-in visitors will NOT be accommodated.
How many people will be allowed in the museum at any one time?
In order to maintain a safe capacity within the close, intimate nature of Esherick’s Studio, tours are currently limited to a maximum of 8 guests.
What is your policy on masks and face coverings?
Museum staff, volunteers, and visitors must wear a mask in any indoor space. We encourage the use of masks outdoors as well. 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 email@example.com in advance of your visit to receive more information.
What if I am sick?
If you have a fever, are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to anyone else with symptoms within a two-week period prior to your visit, we ask that you plan to come to the museum at a later date and can help you reschedule. If you experience any symptoms within two weeks of your museum visit, please let us know immediately by calling (610) 644-5822 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do members still get in free?
Yes! Members always receive free admission to the Wharton Esherick Museum. Learn more about membership here. Members must still make reservations for their visit.
Do I need to practice social distancing?
Yes! We ask that all staff and visitors maintain a distance of six feet or more whenever possible, though we recognize that it is not always possible inside the Studio.
I have limited mobility and use a cane, walker, or wheelchair. Can I tour the museum?
Due to the historic, hand-built nature of the building and multiple staircases that connect upper and lower levels, significant portions of the Studio are not accessible for individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers, or have other mobility needs. In lieu of navigating through these spaces physically, we provide printed or digital material as a way of exploring these spaces. A detailed outline of the physical elements of the site terrain, pathways, and buildings can be found HERE. Please email email@example.com if you have questions or to request accommodations for your visit.
Learn more about accessibility here.
Are their restrooms at the museum?
Yes, an ADA accessible bathroom is available in the Visitor Center.
When is the museum store open?
The Museum Store is open during tour days and hours only (Thurs – Sun 10am – 2pm). The museum accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. You can shop at our online store anytime.
I am interested to see an exhibition in the Visitor Center. Do I need a reservation?
Guests may visit exhibitions in the Visitor Center during our current tour days and hours (Thurs – Sun 10am – 2pm) without making reservations. Please note, however, that our Visitor Center shop and exhibition area is a very small space, housed in Esherick’s Expressionist one-car garage. If you haven’t visited before you will definitely want to book a tour! Learn more about visiting, and our Covid Safety Guidelines, here.
Are group tours available?
We are pleased to offer the immersive experience of the general tour to larger or specialized groups. By rotating through the Studio and grounds we can accommodate up to 16 guests on a group tour. Group tours can be accommodated on Wednesdays, with advance reservation. Learn more here.
I am unable to visit right now. Are there virtual ways to experience the Wharton Esherick Museum?
Yes! We encourage you to stay connected to the optimism and warmth of Esherick’s Studio through the resources listed on the Explore page of our website. Special features focus on Collection Highlights, Online Resources for Educators, Activities for K-12 students, and our Notes from the Studio blog. We’re hosting online events and you can find those listings on the Explore page as well. If you are an educator and would like to host a virtual guest lecture or special program on Esherick for your students, contact the museum using the information on the Online Resources for Educators page.
I want to support the museum’s work. How do I do that?
Thank you! As a donor-dependent organization, we’re so grateful for your support; it keeps Esherick’s legacy thriving, and preserves his joyful, handcrafted Studio for future generations. Please consider making a donation today, or joining the museum as a member!
Can I take photographs inside the museum?
Yes, casual photography is allowed on our guided tours. Tripods are not allowed on the guided tour. Professional photo shoots, commercial or otherwise, must be scheduled in advance. Videography is not permitted on tour.
Do you have a cafe at the museum?
No, there is no food or drink for sale at the Museum.
What kind of volunteer opportunities are available at the Museum?
Our greatest volunteer needs are for Museum docents, though we are always eager to put helping hands to work. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get involved.
I have a Wharton Esherick piece that I’m thinking about donating to the museum. How should I connect with you?
We are always glad to connect with you around a potential donation to the Esherick Museum. Please email email@example.com to talk in further depth. Do keep in mind that the museum primarily collects works by Esherick that have either a close connection to the Studio space and WEM campus or are works of particular importance.
I have a piece by Wharton Esherick in my personal collection. Can you authenticate my work, provide me with a valuation, or advise me on conserving my piece?
WEM is restricted by law from providing appraisals. If you need a verification or valuation of your art or possessions for tax, insurance, or sales purposes, we can share resources related to auction houses that have experience with Wharton Esherick’s work. We also advise consulting the website for the American Society of Appraisers
to find valuation professionals in your area. Similarly, we do not provide conservation advice but suggest you consult the website for the American Institute for Conservation