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

Reservations are required to tour and/or shop at the Museum for the foreseeable future.

(Click the “Get Admission” button for availability/reservations)


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.

During Covid-19 public visitation guidelines, we will be implementing a one-way entrance system. If you are making a reservation, please inform us if you would like to use the ADA ramp for both entrance and exit to the Interpretive Center.

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

The gift shop sells Isle of Pines Root Beer but we do not allow food or beverages inside the historic cabins.

Face Masks

Face masks are required while on-site for both tours and shopping in the Gift Shop.


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.

Bus Tours

At this time, we are unable to welcome organized groups of 10 or more.


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 to stretch on our nature trail and parking lot provided they are well-behaved and deposits are picked up.


The Museum does not allow open or conceal carry on-site.  During your visit, please secure your handgun in your vehicle per MN State Statutes on transport of firearms.

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