The Dorothy Molter Museum is located on the east end of Ely, Minnesota on the south side of Hwy 169. [Contact Us]


The museum has a large, gravel parking area with a turnaround able to accommodate charter buses, large RVs and trucks with trailers. An accessible deck joins the parking area to the south entrance of the Visitor Center.


The museum strives to accommodate all visitors given the limitations of our historic log cabin structures. Crushed rock pathways and wood decks offer access to all buildings on-site. The interpretive center and gift shop features an accessible, family restroom (faucet water is potable).

WINTER: During the Ely Winter Festival, we strive to make sure pathways are shoveled but the northern MN weather isn’t always in our favor and shoveling a solid, level path over frozen crushed rock can be a challenge. We are happy to help our guests maneuver over winter walk-ways if you let us know how we can!

Food & Beverages

Several benches and picnic tables accommodate snacking and relaxing outdoors. However, we do not allow food or beverages inside the historic cabins. The gift shop sells cold bottled water, Isle of Pines Root Beer and some snack items.

Bus Tours

Organized groups are always welcome but we do recommend calling ahead. By calling ahead, groups of eight or more will receive a group discount and may be able to schedule a private tour outside of normal business hours. Guided tours can accommodate a maximum of 20 at one time; larger groups are typically split accordingly. Special arrangements throughout the winter are dependent on weather and snow removal. Our cabins are not heated and snow removal is intermittent. Please call 218-365-4451 or email with questions or to schedule a group visit.


To provide a comfortable environment for all of our guests and prevent damage to our historic collection, only service animals individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability* are allowed inside historic buildings. Leashed (6-foot or less) domestic pets are welcome on our nature trail and picnic area provided they are well-behaved and deposits are picked up.

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