Covid-19 Updates

State guidelines require pre-registration (up to 10 people at one time) for visits for the foreseeable future. As such, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. Visitors wishing to tour but unable register online are encouraged to call the Museum (especially for same-day availability inquiries).

What to Expect



Our new online reservation system allows you to see what is available through 2020. Click on the “Get Tickets” button to view the calendar.

We strongly recommend reviewing our Visitor FAQs under “What to Expect” to ensure that all visitors are aware of changes to our operations this season and understand what is expected of visitors during visits.

2020 Hours

June – September 20
Daily* by pre-reservation 9am-12pm
& 1-5pm

September 21-30
Wed-Sat* by pre-reservation 9am-12pm
& 1-5pm

October 1 – December 31
Wednesday-Sat* by pre-reservation 10am-12pm
& 1-4pm (closed during holidays)

*We may need to alter days/times offered due to changing guidelines, staffing or weather-related issues.

2020 Admission

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$7.00 Adults (18-61)
$6.50 Adults (62+) & AAA Members
$4.00 Youth (6-17*)
FREE Children (5 & under), Active/Veteran/Retired Military &  Museum Members

*Youth under 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult (18+)

Admission Includes

  • Access inside Dorothy’s three historic cabins
  • Field guides for
    • Dorothy’s Discovery Trail
    • On-site multi-stage geocache
    • Birds’ Landing bird watching area
  • Free reservation and use of Dorothy’s Discovery Trail Backpacks

Reservation check-in is in the Interpretive Center & Gift Shop adjacent to the parking lot.

Please arrive no more than 5-minutes before your reservation.

Gift Shop

Of course, you’ll also want to enjoy an ice cold Root Beer after your visit. Our own Isle of Pines Root Beer and a variety of other items are available in our Interpretive Center’s gift shop. Due to Covid-19 health and safety requirements, walk-in shopping will not be available until further notice. However, curb-side pickup is available for purchases made over the phone or via our online gift shop. If you’d like to see something “in person” before buying (we get it!) please call us and we will do our best to coordinate with you for entrance.

Programs & Events

The Museum typically offers a variety of seasonal programs and community events, some of which are free! However, like many other historic sites and attractions we are limiting our offerings to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors by following state guidelines on public health. We hope to return to our traditional schedule of events in 2021, which are generally offered between Memorial Day and Labor Day and during the Ely Winter Festival in February. Check out our Programs & Events page for more details.

Root Beer Making Classes

The Museum in not able to offer our Brew-it Yourself Classes at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Once we are able to, we will post them in our Programs & Events page.

These classes include an introduction to Dorothy focusing on her history as the “Root Beer Lady,” a self-guided tour of the Museum and a hands-on lesson in making your own homemade root beer. Each paid participant leaves with a 32oz growler of the root beer they make to take home, allow to ferment and enjoy (2-3 days later, of course). Programs can be held at the Museum or off-site via online videoconferencing – perfect for family reunions, birthday parties or employee appreciate events! Contact the Museum directly at or 218-365-4451 to inquire about availability.

Dorothy’s Discovery Trail Backpacks

We are proud to offer our guests Dorothy’s Discovery Trail Backpacks, which pair with our interpretive signs along Dorothy’s Discovery Trail (on-site, .25mi) and include a variety of field guides, investigative tools and activity suggestions for exploring the Northwoods that Dorothy called home. Two backpacks are available to reserve for use each day. Limiting the daily use allows us to thoroughly disinfect them at the end of each day.

On-site Multi-stage Geocache

A multi-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 A free brochure with starting coordinates is available outside at the north Interpretive Center entrance.

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, we plan to offer reservation slots year-round this year. Please keep in mind that winter weather and conditions will ultimately determine our ability to host visitors November through April. Please contact us at or 218-365-4451.