Dorothy Molter standing in front of her cabin with the "Kwitchurbeliakin" sign.

2021 Tour Availability

May 29 – September 6
Open Daily*
10am – 5pm

Please note: When wildfire smoke creates unhealthy air conditions (an 101+ air quality index), the Museum may discontinue its outdoor guided tour programs for the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Check conditions.

September 7-30
Open Thursday-Sunday

Open Friday-Saturday
Open Oct 21-24 for MEA

Shoppers are welcome!


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!

Covid-19 Updates

The Museum is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers through following all Minnesota Department of Health and CDC requirements for museum venues.

We encourage our unvaccinated guests to wear a mask when indoors. 

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) and offer a more in-depth understanding of Dorothy’s life.


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!

2021: Our crushed rock paths shifted over winter and can sometimes create challenges to those using walkers and wheelchairs. Staff are available to assist visitors.


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

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).


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.

Location & Directions

The Dorothy Molter Museum is located on the east end of Ely, Minnesota on the south side of Hwy 169.

2002 East Sheridan Street

Ely, MN 55731


[email protected]

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