The Dorothy Molter Museum preserves and interprets Northwoods wilderness heritage through learning opportunities inspired by Dorothy Molter, the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).


The Dorothy Molter Museum is a dynamic and widely recognized educational organization. It is highly valued for its historical resources and educational impact. The museum inspires the next generation of northwoods stewards through Dorothy’s legacy. As we continue to remember Dorothy and keep her spirit alive, it is our hope that we all dedicate our lives to live as Dorothy did, in harmony with the environment, with great dignity, courage, helping humankind, and making a significant contribution toward a better world.

Strategic Plan

In December of 2012, the Museum’s Board of Directors adopted a five year strategic plan to guide our activities through 2017. This strategic plan is updated annually. You may view the annually-updated plan online by clicking DMM Strategic Plan 2012-2017.

Giving Back

Dorothy was always concerned with the physical well-being of others and gave freely of her medical knowledge to all who came her way. As a way to give back to the community that supported Dorothy, the Dorothy Molter Memorial Foundation (Dorothy Molter Museum) will award one scholarship per year up to $1,000.00 from the Wilderness First Responders’ Fund. This scholarship is funded by contributions made from staff, board, volunteers, members and guests of the Dorothy Molter Museum. Scholarship availability will be promoted to Ely Area residents interested in enhancing their medical expertise. Learn More.