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Wharton Esherick Museum

Wharton Esherick Museum Review

The Wharton Esherick Museum preserves the former home and studio of the "Dean of American Craftsmen." Best known for his sculptural furniture, Esherick (1887–1970) shaped a new aesthetic in decorative arts by bridging art with furniture. The museum, a National Historic Landmark, houses 200 examples of his work—paintings, woodcuts, furniture, and wood sculptures. The studio, in which everything from the light switches to the spiral staircase is hand-carved, is one of his monumental achievements. The museum is 2 mi west of Valley Forge National Historical Park. Reservations are required for the hourly tours. On weekdays a minimum of five people is required for a tour.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1520 Horseshoe Trail, Valley Forge, PA 19301 | Map It
  • Phone: 610/644–5822
  • Cost: $12
  • Hours: Mar.–Dec., Mon.–Fri. 10–5 (for groups of 5 or more), Sat. 10–5, Sun. 1–5
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  • Location: Valley Forge
Updated: 05-19-2011

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