2020 Hours

May 23-September 13
Daily*  10am-5pm

*We are hoping for the best but preparing for a potentially slow May and June, which may require us to alter our seasonal hours. Please check back often and/or contact us directly to check current hours.

September 14-30
Weekends Only 10am-5pm

October 1-31
Saturdays Only 10am-5pm

Special events  (tbd) offered each month!

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

Discounts and catered tours available for groups of 8 or more, please call or email.





Admission Includes

  • Access inside Dorothy’s three historic cabins
  • Optional 30-min guided tours offered at 12, 1, 2, 3 & 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


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 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.

Root Beer Making Classes

The Museum offers Brew-it Yourself Classes regularly June-August but is also open to scheduling private classes for groups of 6-12 (or more depending on location and space available). These classes include a tour of the Museum focusing on Dorothy’s history as the “Root Beer Lady” and free time to explore exhibits 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 – perfect for family reunions, birthday parties or employee appreciate events! Contact the Museum directly at info@rootbeerlady.com 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.

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 Geocaching.com. A new course was developed for 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 info@rootbeerlady.com or 218-365-4451.