Warther Museum

Warther Museum, Dover: Hours, Address, Warther Museum Reviews: 5/5

Warther Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Warther Museum is home of the world famous woodcarvings of steam engines by Ernest Mooney Warther carved out of ivory, ebony, and walnut. Mrs. Warther's button collection numbers over 73,000 buttons in patterns, and her Swiss style gardens still bloom seasonally to this day. The Warther Museum is more than you can imagine as you see what two people created in just one lifetime.
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Crystal K
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Horrible!
Oct 2021 • Family
I visited Warther Museum on 10/17/21 along with my young daughter who is autistic and 5 more in our party . Upon entry we were told we could take either a self guided tour or a guided tour . We chose self guided . Our small group was in the main area when the current guided group swarmed around us . My young daughter lost sight of me abs anyone else she knew . She began to panic abs was walking around the room calling out “mommy “. She was not yelling or running . Simply walking around calling out for me . In under one minute I had her by the hand , she immediately quieted down and I was leading her away . The tour guide (John) admonished me to keep her quiet (which she was at that point ) he was trying to give a tour . I apologized to him and told him she’s autistic and got overwhelmed when the large group he was guiding swarmed around us. At that point he told me “well I don’t see a sign “. I told him my handicapped daughter did not have to wear a sign , he said it once was again . I left the room with my daughter and requested a refund after telling the employee selling tickets what happened . She gave me one but I had to request a supervisors name and info . No action was taken with John at that time . The rest of my party was denied refunds .
Written October 22, 2021
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Joyce S
Wellington, OH3 contributions
Great guide
Sep 2021 • Couples
John at the Warther museum was a fantastic guide
He was very informative and we enjoyed listening to him
He even shed a little blood for us!
He answered all our questions with enthusiasm
We’ve been there numerous times and he was the best guide we ever had
Thanks John
The Scolaro and Gross families
Written September 5, 2021
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PaleoGypsy
Philadelphia, PA2,084 contributions
The World’s Master Carver
Aug 2021 • Couples
So, WOW! What a great museum this is. One may easily spend 2-3 hours here. Overflow parking exists in the rear of the building. The tour guides are very passionate and knowledgeable about the artist, Ernest “Mooney” Warther. You will watch a few short videos, peruse the collection, and listen to the guide. The gift shop, house, button shed, and gardens are very lovely. The bathrooms are super-clean. Follow the trail, and walk down to the lower lot to see some trains. Weddings take place here. A gazebo is available. A large room is available for special events like bridal showers and birthday parties. This museum is locate a short distance from Interstate 77. All-in-all, this was an enjoyable visit.
Written August 18, 2021
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Jenny G
59 contributions
Amazing
Jul 2021 • Couples
What I thought was going to be just a pit stop for the afternoon turned out to be the highlight of my day. I would highly recommend taking the guided tour. The docent was very entertaining and informative, he obviously loves his job. It cost only $15 a person and it was worth every penny. The Gardens were beautiful, the button house was neat, and the house is pretty neat to see as well. The gift shop had a lot of nice things. I only wish we could have gotten in to see the cutlery across the street. The are only open from 9-5 Monday thru Friday.
Written July 26, 2021
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JackieCary_NC
Cary, NC128 contributions
A train lovers dream
Jun 2021 • Couples
On our way from northern Ohio to NC, we stopped at the Warther Museum. It was a wonderful choice! This museum is most unique because Ernest “Mooney” Warther was a unique genius.
The whole site was well designed and visitor friendly. We had a wonderful guided tour by Jack who was a wealth of information. Although you could roam around the museum by yourself, the extra insights were appreciated.
The display of Mooney’s artistry was utterly amazing. The man had to have been a savant. He created amazing models of steam trains out of wood and later ivory!
In addition to the museum there is a separate building that houses Frieda Warther’s button collection which is alone fantastic.
If you are ever in the Dover, Ohio area, do not miss this gem of a museum.
Written June 29, 2021
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KfromOhio
Galloway, OH64 contributions
Went Back for a Return Visit Today
Apr 2021 • Couples
We've been there a few times over the past few years. Unbelievable carvings - primarily of trains, but a few other items as well.

The pandemic caused them to change the logistics of the tours, with it being more of a self guided tour, but plenty of signage to give you excellent details as you venture through. Many fantastic trains carved with working parts! And don't miss the Lincoln Funeral train - find the door with the lock and the key hanging nearby. The carving detail on everything is amazing.

If you get a chance and the right folks are there working, have them show you some of the detail they have found as they clean these from time to time. We saw some things today that we hadn't seen in previous. Again, unbelievable work.

Also, if you happen to be in Amish Country over the weekend, you notice that most places are not open on Sunday. But this Warther Museum is open on Sundays, so a great thing to do then.

There is also a David Warther museum on Route 39 with a focus on ships instead of trains. Another great display of carvings, and excellent detail, but we personally enjoy the train one better.
Written April 25, 2021
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COB I
7 contributions
Truly an amazing experience!!
Oct 2020
I could perhaps agree that this is the "best museum in the state," as another reviewer has claimed. It is definitely an amazing place.

My wife and I first visited this museum with our kids about 15-20 years ago and were amazed then. In the intervening years, they have expanded and improved the museum even more, adding many more of "Mooney's" carvings to the collection. It is, thus, even more amazing and impressive than it was then.

Almost as equally impressive is the "Button House" that features the button collection and wonderful designs created by Ernest "Mooney" Warther's wife. And, just to hit it out of the ballpark, the gardens are lovely, too.

Whether you like trains or wood/ivory carving or both or neither, you owe it to yourself to see this museum. It is a truly unforgettable experience.

BTW, another serious contender for "best museum in the state" is the one owned by "Mooney's" grandson David. I have done a separate review of that one, but suffice it to say here that it is just as impressive—if not, perhaps, even more so—than this one. They are both in the same general area, and you can easily visit both in a single day. Both are VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Written October 17, 2020
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LittlePaint
Urbandale, IA656 contributions
My husband can't stop taking about it!
Sep 2020 • Solo
The museum had no appeal to me, so I wandered the grounds, garden, gift shop, and museum shop. I was also able to go into the Button Museum. All were enjoyable. The knives and the wooden household items that are all made right there were impressive and cool to look at.
My husband opted for the museum and had a great time. He was totally fascinated and had recommended it to several people since then.
They've made a number of excellent changes to enable social distancing.

There ample room for oversized vehicle parking behind the complex.
Written September 19, 2020
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Allohioantiques
2 contributions
Best museum in the state
Aug 2020
Warthers is a family owner and operated museum with warm hometown employees and amazing world class items in their displays.
Written August 31, 2020
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Dee
2 contributions
Master Carver
Mar 2020 • Couples
We hadn’t been here for over 25 years and were really impressed with how improved the museum, out buildings, shops and grounds had been expanded and improved. Moony Warther was an “uneducated”, humble, self-taught genius of invention and carving mastery. Whether you’re a steam engine, train, or wood carving enthusiast, or you are looking for some of the best knives and related accessories ever, you won’t be disappointed by a trip here. There are also beautiful, extensive gardens, which we’ll be coming back to see in warmer weather.
Written March 7, 2020
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