CLOSED for 2017 Season

2018 February Hours

Ely Winter Festival 
February 3-4 & 10-11 · 10am-5pm
Special community events too!

Special Events



Summer Season Begins May 26
Open Daily 10am-5pm


$6.50 Adults (18-61)
$6.00 Senior (62+) & AAA Members
$4.50 Youth (6-17)
FREE Children (5 & under), Active/Veteran/Retired Military &  Museum Members

Discounts for groups of 8 or more, please call




Admission Includes

  • Access inside historic cabins
  • Optional guided tours offered on the hour (12-4pm)
  • Field guides for
    • Dorothy’s Discovery Trail
    • On-site multi-stage geocache
    • Birds’ Landing bird watching area
  • Free use of Dorothy’s Discovery Trail Backpacks

Admission is collected in the Interpretive Center & Gift Shop adjacent to the parking lot.

Gift Shop

Of course, you’ll also want to enjoy an ice cold Root Beer at our picnic area under the pines. Our own Isle of Pines Root Beer and a variety of other items are available in our Interpretive Center’s gift shop. Admission is not required to explore this building.

Dorothy’s Discovery Trail Backpacks

We are proud to offer our guests Dorothy’s Discovery Trail Backpacks, which include a variety of field guides, investigative tools and activity suggestions for exploring the Northwoods that Dorothy called home.

On-site Multi-stage Geocache

A 5-stage geocache is located on the museum grounds for guests to enjoy during their visit.  A great introduction to geocaching for beginners! Due to the geographic size and location of this geocache, initial coordinates are not listed on

Out-of-Season Visitation

Museum hours are limited to the milder months of the year as our cabins are minimally heated and snow removal is difficult. However, if you are the leader of a group of 8 or more, we will do our best to accommodate a group visit outside of our normal operating hours, year-round. Please keep in mind that winter weather and conditions will ultimately determine our ability to host visitors November through April.