Close up of wood carving

There are so many reasons to plan a trip to the Warther Museum. With over 60 hand carved masterpieces made from ebony, ivory, and walnut, this one-of-a-kind museum is a must for art lovers. Read on to get to know this amazing museum a little better. Afterward, if you are looking for more ways to explore the region’s craftsmanship, download our free Amish Country Vacation Guide. It is full of recommendations on where to find antiques, pottery, Amish furniture, and more.

Your Guide to the Warther Museum & Gardens

The Story Behind the Museum

The Warther Museum was home to the master carpenter, Ernest “Mooney” Warther (1885-1973). He is one of the most influential master carvers in the world and is famous for his handcrafted masterpieces of ebony, ivory, and walnut. His most iconic designs include his detailed train carvings.

In 1963, Mooney’s son, David Warther, restored his father’s home and built the Warther Museum. Today, you will find countless displays and gardens dedicated in Ernest Warther’s honor. Whether you are an artist, a carver, or simply a collector, there is something at the Warther Museum for everyone.

What You’ll Find

The Ernest Warther’s carving collection is just the beginning of what you’ll find at the Warther Museum! In addition to 64 handcrafted carvings, there are also several unique displays that showcase all of the things that Warthers loved. Here, you will find an extensive button collection, a 5,500-piece arrowhead collection (collected by Warther and his loving wife, Frieda), lovely Swiss-style gardens, the original workshop, and the Warther family home.

Tips for Your Trip

  • Purchase your tickets in advance by visiting the Warther Museum website. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
  • The Warther Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week. However, the winter hours in January and February are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week.
  • The Warther Museum is located one hour away from the White Oak Inn in Dover, OH.

Where to Stay

With plenty of shopping, outdoor recreation, and tours nearby, the White Oak Inn is only a short trip away from some of the best activity in Ohio’s Amish area. After a day of exploring the Warther Museum & Gardens, head back to our inn for a peaceful night in. Surrounded by 14 wooded acres in a secluded valley, our inn is the perfect place to relax and rest up for your next adventure. 

When you book a stay in any of our cozy accommodations, like the Redbud Room, you can always look forward to the best amenities, packages, and top-notch service. A hearty and home cooked breakfast is always included in your stay, and our onsite restaurant means that you’ll never need to worry about where to go for dinner. When you are ready to plan your next vacation, check our availability and book your stay! We can’t wait to host you at the White Oak Inn!

If you are looking for more unique museums like the Warther Museum, remember to download your free Amish Country Vacation Guide.