Topic Tour: Storytelling in the Studio

Join us for Storytelling in the Studio! This special tour focuses on a myriad of stories drawn from WEM’s oral history collection, the accounts of Esherick himself, and the people who knew him. Experience Esherick, his artworks, and the humorous, somber, poetic, and often joyous stories they tell through a tour as rich and multi-dimensional as the artist himself. 

Storytelling in the Studio was developed by Geoffrey Berwind and WEM’s Holly Gore. Geoffrey Berwind is the grandson of Wharton Esherick patrons as well as co-creator and director of the Once Upon a Nation storytelling program in historic Philadelphia.

This tour runs roughly 60 minutes and takes place in the Esherick Studio. We currently offer this specialty tour on one Sunday each month.

Things to know before you visit

   All visitors must have advance, paid reservations prior to arriving on-site. No exceptions will be made.

  Tours are currently limited to a maximum of 8 guests.

  Due to the historic, hand-built nature of the building, the Studio has limited accessibility for individuals who use wheelchairs or have other mobility issues. A detailed outline of the physical elements of the site terrain, pathways, and buildings can be found HERE. Please email [email protected] if you have questions or to request accommodations for your visit.

   If you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please postpone your visit. Please email [email protected] and we will be happy to reschedule your tour.

two men stand on an outdoor deck - one older and one younger

What to expect during your visit

   Visitors are not allowed to touch any surfaces or objects in the Studio.

  In the event of rain, we encourage you to bring an umbrella for the outdoor portion of the tour.

  Low-heeled shoes only, please! This helps protect our floors. Guests may be asked to wear shoe covers (over their shoes).

   Casual photography, for personal use only, is permitted on tour (no tripods please). Videography is prohibited.

   No food, drinks, or water bottles are allowed inside the Studio.

No pets are allowed inside the Studio.

  Large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the Museum. If you bring them along, you may be asked to return them to your car.

  The Museum Store is open during tour days and hours only (Thurs – Sun 10am – 3pm). You can visit our online shop anytime!

Storytelling in the Studio Tour Pricing:

  • Adults: $30.00
  • Members: $20.00
  • ACCESS Cardholders: $2.00 (Call or email for reservations)

Tour Schedule:

Specialty tour schedules vary. Check the tour schedule for available dates and time. Tours are open to a maximum of 8 guests.

Any changes to your tour, including cancellations or rescheduling, must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled tour. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled tour to receive a full refund. If you need to cancel or reschedule please call 610-644-5822 or email us at [email protected].

The museum is closed each year for the months of January and February as well as all major holidays including Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.