February 2022: Ely Winter Festival
Fri-Sat-Sun, Feb 4-6, 10am-4pm
Thurs-Fri-Sat, Feb 10-12, 10am-4pm
Whirlwind! Community Event
Saturday, Feb 5, 11am-2pm
Free! Learn more
Virtual Gathering Webinar
Thursday, Feb 10, 7pm
Free! Register here
Virtual Silent Auction Fundraiser
Feb 3 (12:15am) – 10 (8pm)
View auction here
Online shoppers are welcome!
Off-season Visits are contingent on staffing availability and weather conditions. Please call or email directly to inquire about options.
Summer Season begins May 28
FREE for Museum Members
$6.50 Seniors (62+) & AAA Members
$7.00 Adults (18-61)
$4.00 Youth (6-17*)
FREE Children 5 & under & Active/Veteran/Retired Military
*Youth under 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult (18+)
Pre-purchase of tickets makes check-in a breeze!
The Museum is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers through following all Minnesota Department of Health (MDA) and CDC requirements for museum venues.
We request all guests over 2 years old wear a mask when indoors per St. Louis County, MN recommendations.
Admission includes optional participation in our hourly guided programs, access to Dorothy’s original cabins, each with its own exhibit, and exploration of our outdoor natural areas: Birds’ Landing and Dorothy’s Discovery Trail. Guided programs are at the top of every hour (10am-4pm) Memorial Day-Labor Day and offer a more in-depth understanding of Dorothy’s life.
If you or your group would like to coordinate a visit before or after hours due to health and safety concerns, please contact us directly.
With three historic cabins to go into, visitors will leave with an understanding of who Dorothy was, how she lived in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and a greater appreciation for the Ely Area’s natural and cultural history.
The museum strives to accommodate all visitors given the limitations of our historic log cabin structures. Crushed rock pathways and wood decks offer access to all buildings on-site. The interpretive center and gift shop features an accessible, family restroom.
WINTER: During the Ely Winter Festival, we strive to make sure pathways are shoveled but the northern MN weather isn’t always in our favor and shoveling a solid, level path over frozen crushed rock can be a challenge. We are happy to help our guests maneuver over winter walk-ways if you let us know how we can!
The gift shop sells Isle of Pines Root Beer but we do not allow consumption of food or beverages indoors.
The Museum does not allow open or conceal carry on-site. During your visit, please secure your handgun in your vehicle per MN State Statutes on transport of firearms
The museum has a large, gravel parking area with a turnaround able to accommodate charter buses, large RVs and trucks with trailers. An accessible deck joins the parking area to the south entrance of the Visitor Center.
Bus Tours & Private visits
Please contact us in advance to coordinate your tour group’s visit. We strongly suggest visiting in a round-robin system so that visitors are able to explore our three historic cabins with adequate elbow room (they are small).
For visit requests outside of normal business hours or operating season, please contact us directly.
To provide a comfortable environment for all of our guests and prevent damage to our historic collection, only service animals individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability* are allowed inside historic buildings. Leashed (6-foot or less) domestic pets are welcome to stretch on our nature trail and parking lot provided they are well-behaved and deposits are picked up.
*Per US DOJ ADA laws regarding service animals