Give to the MAX Day

November 16

It’s the “great Minnesota give together” held every November in an effort to focus charitable giving energy on one day to help the many non-profit and educational organizations in Minnesota! By making an online charitable donation to the Dorothy Molter Museum this day, you not only enter yourself in a contest to award your favorite non-profit a prize but could win one yourself too! Show me how!




Ely Winter Festival Hours

February 3-4 and 10-11
Saturday & Sunday



The cabins will be open for the public but it will be chilly – dress warm!

Dorothy_Knife Lake Winter


Saturday · February 4
11am-2pm · Free

Bundle up for our annual outdoor winter extravaganza! Enjoy hot cocoa and coffee as you visit interpretive and activity stations related to winter ecology and survival presented by Wilderness & Parks Management students at Vermilion Community College then, warm up by the campfire!

Annual Fundraising Dinner

Friday · February 9
Evening Dinner & Program

Ticket information available in January


Celebrate Dorothy while you support the museum at our big fundraising event of the year. Cash bar during social hour, silent auction, delicious dinner and program. Stay tuned for details!




May 26, 2018
Open Daily 10am-5pm


Canoe Trip 2018 circle

Dorothy Molter Experience:
Women’s Canoe Trip

June 19-23, 2018
$755 per Participant (2017 rates)
Details & Registration


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

Sunday · June 24, 2018
11am-2pm · Free


Join us to celebrate 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
11am-2pm · Free


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