Covid-19 Updates

Reservations are required to tour the Museum and/or shop in the gift shop for the foreseeable future. As such, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. A maximum of 10 visitors are allowed on-site at one time or per reservation.

What to Expect



Masks are required at all times

2021 Tour Availability

Our plan is to open
Memorial Day Weekend
Reservations required (coming soon)

Shoppers are welcome free of charge but are required to make a reservation as well. 

Online shopping is always available!

2021 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+)

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 reserve a “shopper” slot online or 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.

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 almost 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.