Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a reservation to visit the museum?
Yes! You must reserve your visit in advance. Walk-ins cannot be accomodated.

Do I have to take a guided tour?
Yes! To enter the building you must be on a guided tour.

What can I see without a tour reservation?
If you have never visited the Wharton Esherick Museum before you should make advance reservations for a tour! The interior of Esherick’s home/studio can only be viewed on tour. However, guests are welcome in our Visitor Center, Esherick’s Expressionist one-car garage which houses our museum store and changing exhibitions, anytime we’re open.

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 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.