Closed for the Season

Although we do not have open hours in the off-season,
groups of 8+ are encouraged to call/email ahead
and/or schedule a private visit outside of business

Ely’s Winter Festival is February 7-17, 2019

Summer Season begins May 25, 2019!

Special Events

2019 Admission

$7.00 Adults (18-61)
$6.50 Senior (62+) & AAA Members
$4.50 Youth (6-17)
FREE Children (5 & under), Active/Veteran/Retired Military &  Museum Members

Discounts for groups of 8 or more, please call




Admission Includes

  • Access inside Dorothy’s three historic cabins
  • Optional guided tours offered on the hour (12-4pm)
  • Field guides for
    • Dorothy’s Discovery Trail
    • On-site multi-stage geocache
    • Birds’ Landing bird watching area
  • Free use of Dorothy’s Discovery Trail Backpacks

Admission is collected in the Interpretive Center & Gift Shop adjacent to the parking lot.

Gift Shop

Of course, you’ll also want to enjoy an ice cold Root Beer at our picnic area under the pines. Our own Isle of Pines Root Beer and a variety of other items are available in our Interpretive Center’s gift shop. Admission is not required to explore this building.

Programs & Events

The Museum offers a variety of seasonal programs and community events, some of which are free! Most are offered between Memorial Day and Labor Day but we are also open during the Ely Winter Festival every February and for private appointment requests. Check out our Programs & Events page for more details.

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.

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 new course is being developed for summer 2019!

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, if you are the leader of a group of 8 or more, we will do our best to accommodate a group visit outside of our normal operating hours, year-round. 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.