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3rd Annual Bird Feeder
Design Contest

Winners announced in our blog

Time to start planning for next year!




May 26, 2018
Open Daily 10am-5pm


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Dorothy Molter Experience:
Women’s Canoe Trip

June 19-23, 2018
$755 per Participant (2017 rates)
Details (trip details are the same each year)
Get on the waiting list for next year’s!
Email Jess at jess@rootbeerlady.com


This fully outfitted and guided canoe trip will immerse you in the wilderness that was once home to Dorothy Molter, an independent thinker ahead of her time. During this all-women’s trip you will challenge yourself physically and enrich yourself mentally as you explore this pristine and wild country learning about the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters.


Dorothy Day
Celebrating 25 Years!

Sunday · June 24, 2018
Special activities 11am-2pm · Free all day


Join us to celebrate the Museum’s 25th anniversary and honor the life of one of Ely’s most beloved and colorful characters with free admission, refreshments and family activities.



Donuts at Dorothys

Sunday · July 22, 2018
Special activities 11am-2pm · Free all day


Partake in coffee ‘an while you enjoy free admission and special activities during this community event.



Night at the Museum

Tuesday · August 14, 2018
Evening (TBD) · Free


Take a step back in time and imagine visiting Dorothy on Knife Lake at dusk. Explore the museum via “candlelight,” take a twilight hike on the nature trail and make a S’more around a campfire.

Speaker Serviceslogonoshadow

Need a speaker with an inspiring story for your next event? Presentations on the life of Dorothy Molter are available year-round. Presentations can be formatted to fit the needs of your organization and audience, and include additional topics such as the Boundary Waters, Northwoods ecology, and wilderness living.

Dorothy’s story is perfect for all ages and can be told at:

  • Club meetings
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner events
  • Conferences
  • Conventions
  • Corporate retreats
  • Special events
  • Root beer float socials using Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer

Program fee: $25 per hour presentation plus travel expenses (time to travel, cost of travel, lodging, meals, etc.); Discounts available for programs in the Ely Area.
Duration: One hour minimum
Minimum equipment requirement: Access to electricity and a projector screen