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Ernest Warther Museum

Born in 1885 to Swiss immigrant parents, Ernest “Mooney” Warther began his carving legacy at the age of 5. His focus was the evolution of the steam engine, sculpting engines spanning the time periods from late B.C. to the introduction of diesel engines in the mid-1900s.


Tour our gallery spaces with over 100 pieces in the collection and learn about the awe-inspiring life of Ernest Warther. Explore the Warther family residence, Swiss-styled gardens, historic “Calico Ditch,” 3 acre park, and Frieda Warther’s collection of over 73,000 buttons. Join us at the Ernest Warther Museum & Gardens to experience the world that captures the depth and sincerity of an artist while simultaneously bringing to life the works in the collection and the spirit of the artist himself just as he lived.


  • Open Sundays
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Family Friendly
  • Theater
  • Gift Shop

Contact Information





331 Karl Ave.
Dover, OH 44622

Group Information

The Ernest Warther Museum and Gardens, located in Dover, Ohio is home to the World’s Master Carver. Experience the passionate and inspirational life of one of the most unique artists, Ernest “Mooney” Warther who hand-sculpted the evolution of the steam engine out of ebony, ivory, and walnut. We invite you to explore the home, studio, and works of an exceptional artist, genius, and inventor. Not to be outdone, his wife’s collection equally rivals his creations in works of art that contain over 73,000 buttons. Truly, this museum is one of a kind. Group tours available at any time with reservation. Our newly opened exclusive group event center hosts meals on site as well as workshops and hands-on activities for any age. For more information and reservations, please contact us.


Kristen Moreland
Phone 330-485-3891
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