Covid-19 Updates

We are hoping to be able to open on June 4 by appointment only via an online reservation system that is currently being developed. Please check back often and/or contact us directly to check current hours.

Current Update details



NOTE: Hours listed are tentative and based on the current Minnesota Covid-19 guidelines for museum operations.

2020 Hours

June – we aren’t sure
MN Stay Safe Plan has museums in a holding pattern for the time being
We hope to be available Thursday-Monday by Appointment Only

July 1 – September 13
We are hoping to be open daily for general admission but will implement online reservations through the season just in case.

September 14-October 31
Weekends Only 10am-5pm
or by Appointment

2020 Admission

$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

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
Special Events

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 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 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 recommended 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 typically offers Brew-it Yourself Classes regularly June-August but will be limiting these classes exclusively to pre-scheduled private classes for family unit groups of 3-9 (until further notice). 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, if you are the leader of a group of 4 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.