Due to current Minnesota guidelines, public health concerns and unknown next steps, please understand that we had to adjust our 2020 season calendar. We will keep our Museum information as up to date as possible. Unfortunately, we are unable to open for visitation at this time.  Once we are able to open to the public it will be via a pre-reservation system (online or by phone). Thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Covid Updates


We are unsure when we an open at this time.

The current MN Stay Safe Plan does not allow for musuems to open at this time.

When we can, here is our plan:
Open Thursday-Monday
Private family unit visits only
Reservations Required


*We are hoping for the best but preparing for uncontrollable changes to our season, which may require us to alter our hours. Please check back often and/or contact us directly to check current hours.

We are not offering any scheduled public tours, programming or events due to our effort to ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors.


We are not offering any scheduled public tours, programming or events due to our effort to ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors.


Our tentative plan is to re-evaluate our hours and programming capabilities in mid-July to determine if staff are able to safely provide public programming.

Brew-it Yourself Classes

Day of the week TBD · Evening


Day of the week TBD · Afternoon

Donuts at Dorothy’s

Sunday · Date TBD

Cocktails at the Cabin

TBD · 6-8pm


Dorothy’s Root Beer Run
Kids’ Marathon

Sept 26 · 8:45am · Pre-registration Required

$15/child  (scholarships available: run@elymarathon.com)

Finishers will receive the Ely Marathon 2020 medal, bottle of Dorothy Molter’s Isle of Pines Root Beer and finishers’ shirt. Awards for the top 3 male and female finishers.


Build strength, endurance and perseverance just like Dorothy!

Racers must complete 25 miles of running/jogging/fast walking PRIOR to race day and then, on race day, they will complete the final 1.2 miles of the course and finish with the marathon runners.

It’s possible to watch the kids start their race and then walk over to the finish line at Whiteside Park to see them finish!

Marathon Video!



Dorothy Molter Experience: Women’s Canoe Trip

June 22-26 · Pre-registration Required

$775/person · 4 min/7 max participation


Check out this fantastic, women’s-only trip to Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and learn about the last (non-indigenous), permanent resident Dorothy Molter. Learn more about this trip!

Speaker Services & Programslogonoshadow

Need a speaker with an inspiring story for your next event? Want to offer a fun party activity? Presentations on the life of Dorothy Molter and/or root beer making events 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 & birthdays
  • Root beer float socials or parties using Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer

Speaker 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.
Root Beer Float or Root Beer Making Party fee: Per person fee based on type of program interest and audience type, call/email for a quote! 218 365 4451   info@rootbeerlady.com
Duration: One hour minimum
Minimum equipment requirement: Access to electricity and a projector screen