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“If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing”  –Wharton Esherick

The Wharton Esherick Museum celebrates and preserves the legacy of American artist Wharton Esherick, who worked primarily in wood to create furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings and more.

A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.

We invite you to visit the Museum through a guided experience for which reservations are required.


“A complete expression of one man’s intensely personal fusion of fine craftsmanship with the wild flights of the imagination.”

Anne d'Harnoncourt, former director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Fun, neat, creative, colorful, comfortable, smooth, flowing, exciting, cool, twisty, wavy, and extraordinary.”

Second graders describe their visit to the Wharton Esherick Museum
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Upcoming Events


The 25th Annual Wharton Esherick Woodworking Competition

To celebrate 25 years of the Woodworking Competition, we are revisiting the challenge of the stool. While Wharton may have considered his three-legged stools “bread and butter” pieces, highly affordable at $25 each, each one is a unique work of functional art, and therein lies your challenge for 2018.

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Increase the impact of your support of the Wharton Esherick Museum! The Windgate Charitable Foundation has generously awarded the Museum a $50,000 Challenge Grant. In effect through December 31, 2018, this Challenge provides matching funds for any donations or memberships received this year.

Help us meet the Windgate Charitable Foundation Challenge