Local residents are encouraged to join us on Saturday, June 8, for our 50th Anniversary Celebration! In appreciation of the community's loyalty to the legacy of the carvings of Ernest "Mooney" Warther, guided tours will be provided from 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM at 1963 anniversary prices of $3/adults, FREE/students (17 and under). All students will receive a complimentary pair of miniature carved wooden pliers. Join the celebration!
Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of promoting the Warther Museum to our community and beyond!
The Warther Museum is dedicated to Ernest “Mooney” Warther, the world’s master carver. Learn about America’s unknown genius and how he lived his life and philosophies. We have guided tours that lead you through the museum and explain how he created the carvings as well as his life story. The Warther home is open to view as we took it back to the 1920s era to show you what their home would look like during that time. Browse through our gardens and check out the Button House where Freida, Mooney’s wife, collected and mounted over 73,000 buttons. Tours run continuously throughout the day and the last guided tour will begin around 3:45PM each day.
Carving was just a hobby for Mooney and to make a living he made handcrafted kitchen cutlery. Today that is still the family’s main source of income. Mooney started the knife company in 1902 and we have been making kitchen knives ever since. At the end of the tour we take you to the knife factory and explain on how we make our knives and what separates us from the rest. The only place to purchase our knives is our gift shop and our website.
We welcome you to come and learn about this amazing American story.
Our Guided Tours
Our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides will take you through the museum and explain the Warther story. The tour lasts approximately one hour in length and is continuous throughout the day. No matter what time you come to visit the museum you will join with a tour or wait no longer than 20 minutes for one to begin. Reservations for the tour are only needed if you have a group of 10 or more so that we may provide the correct staffing for your group. We invite you to come and learn about this amazing story!