The Museum cabins are closed to general admission for the 2023 season but we do offer private group tours year-round as staffing allows – learn more

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Find Museum news, seasonal program announcements, special events, exciting updates, and interest pieces about the Museum, Dorothy Molter and museum collections in our blog.

Click here to learn about the history of the museum and how it all got started.

The Dorothy Molter Museum preserves and interprets Northwoods wilderness heritage through learning opportunities inspired by Dorothy with a vision of inspiring the next generation of Northwoods stewards.

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We offer a mission-driven, curated webstore reflecting our Museum gift shop with a variety of apparel, gifts, souvenirs, books and – of course – Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer & KWITCHURBELIAKIN merch.


Nov 15 @ 12pm – Free Zoom Program “Planning a BWCAW Trip”
Nov 15 @ 5pm – History Happy Hour at the Boathouse Brewpub
Nov 16 – Give to the Max Day to support our Accessibility Project

The Dorothy Molter Museum is a seasonally operating, historic museum focusing on the life and legacy of Ely Area icon, Dorothy Molter.

Not sure who Dorothy was or why you should visit the Museum? Watch this 8-min primer on the Root Beer Lady of Knife lake!

Used with permission, this video is a production of WDSE/WRPT a trusted nonprofit community partner providing media and services for the public good since 1964.

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