Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a reservation to visit the museum?
Yes! With the exception of our Second Sunday events, guests always need to book their visit in advance.

Outside of the guided tour, what is there to see on site?
Our Visitor Center is open to all guests and includes our museum store and rotating exhibitions throughout the year (March-December). Guests are welcome to enjoy the grounds as well. The average visit is about 1-1/2 to 2 hours long (including the 1 hour tour)

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. There are some great local spots for food, and guests are always welcome to throw a picnic blanket down on our lawn.

What can I see without a tour reservation?
If you have never visited the Wharton Esherick Museum before, you should book a tour! The interior of Esherick’s home/studio can only be viewed on tour. However, guests are welcome to enjoy the Visitor Center and grounds anytime we’re open.

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 to see how you can get involved.

I’m excited to see the Annual Woodworking Exhibition! Can I stop by and see it without making a reservation?
Yes, our changing exhibitions, like the Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition, are on view in the Visitor Center which is free and open to the public during our open hours.

I think I have a Wharton Esherick piece. Can you help me verify this?
We are always excited to hear about Esherick work in your personal collection, though we do not authenticate or appraise privately owned pieces. Please email for more information.