Virtual Tour of the Pearl S. Buck House

Tours of the Pearl S. Buck House

Pearl S. Buck: Taking Action

~ Tour & Interactive Dialogue ~

This tour with interactive dialogue of the Pearl S. Buck House, developed in collaboration with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, shares the story of Pearl S. Buck’s forward-thinking human rights advocacy for issues that remain relevant today. Pearl S. Buck, winner of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes, used her fame to shed light on the rights of marginalized communities including people of color, people with disabilities, women, biracial children, and immigrants. Beyond using her writing to bring attention to these social justice issues, she took action to help those affected.

This tour engages visitors in conversations about subjects important to Ms. Buck. It inspires them to reflect on their own values and to take action to make the world a “good and peaceful place,” as Pearl S. Buck said and did.

If you are looking for an enlightening and uplifting experience that will inspire you to embrace Pearl S. Buck’s principles and practice, this tour is for you.

PSB typewriter

Pearl S. Buck: Life & Legacy

~ Traditional Historic House Tour ~

Pearl S. Buck was a Pulitzer and Nobel Award-winning author, a humanitarian, and an activist. This traditional biographic tour of her home, the Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark, allows visitors to learn about the life and legacy of this remarkable woman.

A rich, mostly intact collection makes guests feel as if they are visiting the house in the time Ms. Buck and her family lived there. Objects from the ordinary (a closet full of board games played by the family) to the extraordinary (the typewriter Ms. Buck used to write The Good Earth) add to the fascinating experience. Other interesting items include rare artwork from around the world, period furnishings, personal clothing, and a library stocked with hundreds of books (including those by her favorite author, Charles Dickens).

If you love history, architecture, literature, folk art, fine art, or just stepping back in time, this tour is for you.


There are areas of the Pearl S. Buck House that are not easily accessible by wheelchairs or walking support devices.
The Pearl S. Buck House tour is featured in a tour DVD, which can also be used in conjunction with the walking tour to view areas that guests may be unable to navigate.
For specifics on wheelchair accessibility and space measurements for guests using walking aids, click here.

Tour Schedule & Pricing

Pearl S. Buck: Taking Action (Tour & Interactive Dialogue)

Pearl S. Buck: Life & Legacy (Traditional Historic House Tour)

Pearl S. Buck: Taking Action

Monday – No tours
Tuesday-Friday 1 pm
Saturday 1 pm & 2 pm
Sunday 2 pm

Pearl S. Buck: Life & Legacy

Monday – No tours
Tuesday-Saturday – 11 am
Sunday – 1 pm

Tour Prices

Adults $15
Seniors $12
Students $7

Reservations are strongly recommended for tours of the Pearl S. Buck House. Tour sizes are limited to 10 people at this time. To make a reservation, please call the tour desk at 215-249-0100 x110.

The Pearl S. Buck House is Closed on These Days in 2021

New Year’s Day, February 1-3, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, July 5, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve


Virtual Tours
Pearl S. Buck: Taking Action

Pearl S. Buck International now offers your group a virtual version of the Taking Action tour of the Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark. The virtual tour is facilitated by a trained and knowledgeable volunteer and allows for questions, interaction, and discussion. For more information and pricing, call 215-249-0100.

Group Tours

Group tours and pricing are offered for parties of 10 or more. Buffet or boxed lunch options are available. Learn more by calling 215-249-0100 x110.

School Group Tours

Tours for school groups are offered on weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm. Reservations are required at least four weeks in advance.  The tours meet PA and Common Core academic standards in Language Arts, History, Geography, Art, and Science.  To learn more call 215-249-0100.