The Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark museum near the Greater Philadelphia Metro Area in beautiful Bucks County, PA, was the home of Pearl S. Buck and her family. Here you can tour the home, explore the award-winning gardens, and learn more about Pearl S. Buck and her legacy.
Until further notice, reservations are required for tours of the Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark museum.
To make a reservation, please call the tour desk at 215-249-0100 x110. Tours are only offered at specific times - please scroll down to see tour times.
Please do NOT use firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. This email is monitored by staff who do not have access to our reservation book and who do not work on the weekends.
Festival of Trees
November 15, 2023 - January 7, 2024
There will be no Taking Action tours during Festival of Trees
There will be tours offered on Monday, November 27 & Tuesday, December 26
Reservations are HIGHLY recommended. Our tours fill up quickly and have a capacity limit.
Adults - $18
Seniors - $15 (62+)
Students - $10 (4-18)
Members - Free
Décor Tour (no historical interpretation) - $10
Festival of Trees Tour Times
Life & Legacy Tours
Monday: No Tours (except November 27)
Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Sunday: 1 & 2 pm
Decor Tours (no historical interpretation)
Tuesday - Friday: 10 am & 3 pm
Saturday 10 am
Business Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5pm
Sat: 10am - 3pm
Sun: 12pm - 3pm
For tour times, see below.
Adults - $15
Seniors - $12
Students - $7
Members - Free
Tour Prices - Combo Tickets
Adults - $25
Seniors - $20
Students - $10
Members - Free
Discount price if you decide after taking one tour that you'd like to take the other - second tour must happen same day as the first
Docent- or facilitator-led tour of the historic home museum
Access to the Exhibit Gallery, Welcome Center, and Gift Shop
Access to the gardens **(Gardens can also be accessed without purchasing a tour of the museum)**
Two Museum Tour Options to Choose From
Please note: We are requiring reservations for tours at this time.
Pearl S. Buck: Taking Action
Tour & Interactive Dialogue
This tour with interactive dialogue of the Pearl S. Buck House museum, 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.
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 museum, 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.
Tour Times—Reservations Required
Monday: No Tours
Tuesday - Friday: 1 pm
Sunday: 2 pm
There will be no Taking Action tours during Festival of Trees (Nov. 15, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024)
Tour Times—Reservations Required
Monday: No Tours
Tuesday - Friday: 11 am & 2 pm
Saturday: 11 am & 2 pm
What Our Visitors Say
Wow - I knew Pearl S. Buck was an author but I didn’t know about ALL her humanitarian endeavors! Today I learned just a bit about her life and wow!!! She was a phenomenal outspoken woman for human rights - all humans! Her home a National Historic Landmark and is right here in Bucks County! I went on a cold dreary day but the house tour was awesome - festival of trees was going on so the whole house was decorated. Visitor center was extremely informative. Definitely will be back to see the grounds on a nicer day! Plan to bring family and friends as well!
The volunteer that provided our tour taught us so much about this amazing woman. The time spent touring the house and garden area made for a terrific visit. Would not interest young children. Highly recommended.
The tour and presentation greatly exceeded my expectations. I thought it would be pleasant and informative, but it was truly beautiful and fascinating. The docent was gracious and amazingly knowledgeable, answering a wide variety of questions as well as giving the regular tour. You can stroll around the lovely grounds and admire the flowers. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
This lovely home, grounds, and final resting place of the Nobel prize winning author is a fitting tribute to her life and legacy. The collection of personal effects include her typewriter. The tour docent is very knowledgeable and engaging.A must for literary lovers and gardeners alike.
I had a tour of The Pearl Buck House with a group of friends. Whether you are a fan of her writings, enjoy house tours, gardens, or appreciate the contribution she has made to international understanding there is something for everyone. The docent was very knowledgeable, and gave us time to appreciate the variety and historic significance of the objects we saw. There is also an exhibit area at the Visitor’s Center with changing exhibits. Enjoy!!
Virtual Exhibit: Top Secret: The Pearl S. Buck FBI File
In a time of cultural, social, and racial upheaval, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Pearl S. Buck's humanitarian and social justice work and writings brought her to the attention of the FBI, who created a massive file on her.
Virtual Exhibit: Dangerous Women
History is full of women who pushed the boundaries of their time through politics and through culture. Often, these women faced pushback for their radical ideas of equality. Society viewed them as Dangerous Women.
Pearl S. Buck Awards Room
Pearl S. Buck was honored with numerous awards during her lifetime and beyond. She received a wide range of plaques, certificates, and awards which spoke to the many inspiring achievements she accomplished during her life.
Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm | Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm | Sunday from 12 noon to 3 pm
While You Are Here
While the Pearl S. Buck House and grounds enjoy a peaceful and secluded setting, we are not in the middle of nowhere! See what nearby dining, shopping, accommodations, and more you can enjoy to make a whole day or weekend of your visit!
There are areas of the Pearl S. Buck House museum 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.
Group tours and pricing are offered for parties of 10 or more. 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 x149.
Closed on Holidays
The Pearl S. Buck House is closed on these days in 2023: New Year’s Day, January 16, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve (as well as New Year's Day 2024).
**If a holiday or observed holiday falls on a Monday, the Gift Shop will also be closed. For the most up-to-date information on closures, please contact us at 215-249-0100. Weather-related closures will always be on our social media.