Open for the Season
Closed through Sunday, Aug 14 due to limited staffing
We plan to return to normal August hours Wednesday, Aug 17
August 10-September 5
OPEN LABOR DAY Monday, Sept 5
Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm
Special Hours for MEA Weekend
Online shoppers are welcome!
*Staffing changes affect our ability to be open daily in August. Please pre-purchase admission in advance to ensure guided tour availability.
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.
There are no requirements at this time. However, we recommend all guests over 2 years old wear a mask when inside historic cabins due to limited social distancing space.
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 inside the historic cabins.
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. Overnight camping is not allowed.
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