The Wharton Esherick Museum, a National Historic Landmark for Architecture, is open to the public by advance reservation March through December.
Thursdays through Sundays, we offer the Experiencing Esherick Tour, a journey through the Esherick Studio—a hand-crafted building filled with Esherick’s art and personal objects, which is itself an inhabitable artwork. We also offer Campus Architecture Tours on select afternoons. Learn more about our tour offerings below!
Please review our new visitor guidelines below before booking your tour. Our 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 [email protected].
All visitors must have advance reservations.
Select a tour below for details on tour times and admission.
Regarding COVID-19: The safety of our visitors, members, staff, and volunteers within the small, intimate space of the Museum is our top priority. Due to the ever-changing health and safety guidelines, policies will be 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!
Experiencing Esherick Tour
Experience Esherick’s singular creative vision on a guided immersion through his iconic Studio. For over forty years, Esherick built, sculpted, painted, and furnished his hillside studio-home into a joyful expression of art in everyday life. Our primary tour offering, this experience introduces visitors to Esherick’s strong sense of place, deep connection with the natural world, networks of artists and collaborators, and innovations within the fields of art, craft, design, and architecture.
This 60-75 minute guided tour includes the Esherick Studio interior and grounds.
Tours are available Thursday-Sunday at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm.
Campus Architecture Tour
**All summer dates for Campus Architecture Tours are currently sold out.
Delve into rural modernism on this ninety-minute-long exploration of the artist-built environment that Wharton Esherick and his collaborators created on Valley Forge Mountain. A WEM staff member will lead you through the Museum’s upper campus, which is recognized as a National Historic Landmark for Architecture. The tour focuses on two experimental buildings: the Esherick Studio (1926-1966) and the 1956 Workshop (1956).
This 1.5 hour tour includes the Esherick Studio interior, expanded grounds access, and a rare look into the 1956 Workshop.
Tours are available on select afternoons. Click “Book Campus Architecture Tour” to learn more and view our current tour schedule!
We are pleased to offer the immersive experience of our campus to larger or specialized groups. By rotating throughout the Studio and grounds we can accommodate up to 16 guests on a group tour.
We reserve Wednesdays to accommodate group tours. If Wednesdays are not available for your group, Thursdays and Fridays may be requested. Please note that scheduling on these days is limited and based on availability within our public tour program. We strongly recommend reaching out at least 6 weeks in advance to help us accommodate your preferred date.
This 90-minute tour includes the Esherick Studio interior and grounds. Groups will enjoy a welcome and introduction together and then be divided into two groups to tour the site.
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 [email protected] 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.