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Experience the Studio

The Wharton Esherick Studio is experienced through guided tours that must be reserved in advance. Visiting the Wharton Esherick Museum on the Guided Studio Tour is an immersive experience which takes guests through the home/studio of Wharton Esherick preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.

The Guided Studio Tour is our primary tour offering and great for returning and first-time visitors! Tours last about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. Tour size is limited to about 10 people per tour. Tours begin on time. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your tour starts. The Museum does not guarantee that you can be placed on a later tour or that your tour can be honored if you are more than 15 minutes late.

SCHEDULE A GUIDED STUDIO TOUR

Things to know before you visit

  • 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.
  • You are allowed to touch large wood surfaces at the Wharton Esherick Museum and we encourage you to do so! However, for the safety of our collection, please refrain from touching anything made from other materials. Additionally, please do not pick up any objects or open any doors or drawers of the furniture — your docent will gladly demonstrate the furniture for you!
  • Food and drink are not allowed inside the Museum.
  • The immersive nature of the Studio, with nothing behind glass or velvet ropes, can be confusing for kids (and adults too!). Please help us keep our collection safe by talking with your family about our Museum guidelines.
  • Strollers won’t help much here! Tours include multiple staircases and small spaces.
  • A changing table is available in our Visitor Center restroom.

Hours & Admission

Museum Members & children under 5 enjoy free admission. Become a member today.

  • Adults: $15.00
  • Seniors (Ages 65 and up): $13.00
  • Students (ID Required): $12.00
  • Children (Ages 5-12): $8.00

Weekday Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00A – 4:00P. Closed Monday.

Weekday tours are available for groups of 5 or more. Reservations are required. Please call at least 48 hours in advance. Have 4 or less? Check our online calendar or call us at (610) 644-5822 for available spaces on weekday tours.

Weekend Hours: Saturday 10:00A – 4:00P / Sunday 1:00P – 4:00P.

No minimum group needed for weekend visits. Advance reservations are required to ensure you can experience the Museum. All tours are subject to availability and can fill up fast! We encourage you to make your reservations well in advance of when you would like to visit.

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

Make a Reservation

We are pleased to offer the immersive experience of the general tour to larger or specialized groups. By rotating throughout the Studio and grounds, we can accommodate up to 40 guests on a group tour. Group tours can be accommodated on weekdays only by advance reservation.

Group Rate: $12/person for groups of 20 or more.

Please call (610) 644-5822 to schedule your group.

High School group rates (of 20 or more): $10 per student, up to 4 teachers/chaperones are free.

Middle & Elementary group rates (of 20 or more): $6 per student, up to 4 teachers/chaperones are free.

School visits include an hour-long guided tour that may be adapted to the curriculum and level of the group. Students rotate through the rooms of Wharton’s Studio weaving together themes of Wharton’s life, artistic process, visual thinking (line, form, color, balance), creativity and problem solving. Young children (pre-K through grade 2) explore the museum through a 45 minute tour highlighting observational skills, touch, texture and storytelling. We strive to be an educational resource for our community. Please contact us to discuss designing a curriculum-specific tour tailored to fit your needs. Multi-disciplinary connections to visual studies, history, language arts and more are possible.

We can accommodate groups of up to 40 students on weekdays with an advance reservation. Parking is available for two buses.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Wharton Esherick Museum can provide field trips and visits for a free or reduced cost on an as-needed basis. Please call us to discuss.

Please call (610) 644-5822 or email laura@whartonesherickmuseum.org

On the Second Sunday of every month we are excited to offer a self-directed tour of the Museum allowing you to experience the Studio at your own pace. Docents are stationed in each room to welcome you, answer questions and demonstrate the furniture. This is a particularly great tour for returning guests and for those who prefer more flexible viewing experiences. This experience allows you to spend as much time as you like and doesn’t require reservations, however, don’t come too late because the Museum closes at 4:00P.

There is no Second Sunday event in September due to our Annual Members’ Party, or in January and February while we are closed.

Time: 1:00 – 4:00P  //  Admission: $12 adults / $6 children (ages 5-12)

No reservations required. 

Ever wish you could spend time on Wharton’s deck, perhaps sipping wine and enjoying local cheese? Well now you can! Guests for this program enjoy an hour long tour of Wharton’s incredible Studio and a special pop up exhibition, followed by a wine and cheese reception on Wharton’s deck, weather permitting.

Tours are limited to 12 people, advance tickets required. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tours are on select Saturdays from May through October. Check out our events calendar to view dates.

Time: 4:00 – 6:00P  //  Admission: $30.00 for Non-members / $25.00 for Members

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 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 of 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 wheelchair users and individuals with 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.

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