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Who was Dorothy?
Dorothy Molter was the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). After her passing in 1986, her homestead was dismantled in 1987 and transported by dogsled and snowmobile to Moose Lake, and then on to Ely where volunteers restored two of her cabins at the current site of the Dorothy Molter Museum. Learn more.


Dorothy would have been 109 on May 6. In honor Dorothy and as a tribute to her legacy, we are giving a very special birthday gift to add to her story.  Come back on Friday, May 6 to join in on the birthday surprise!

2016 Summer Hours

May 28 – September 11 • 10:00am – 5:00pm • Daily
Fall Hours TBD

Summer programs and events are scheduled! Click here to learn more.

Dorothy Molter Experience – Women’s Canoe Trip

canoe trip frontThe Dorothy Molter Museum and Ely Outfitting Company & Boundary Waters Guide Service is proud to offer the second annual Dorothy Molter Experience Trip!

ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT! (As of April 13, 2016)
Program Fee: $775

Wilderness First Responders’ Fund & Scholarship

The Dorothy Molter Memorial Foundation (Dorothy Molter Museum) is pleased to announce a new scholarship to be awarded annually the Wilderness First Responders’ Fund. This scholarship is funded by contributions made from staff, board, volunteers, members and guests of the Dorothy Molter Museum. Scholarship availability will be promoted to northeastern Minnesota residents interested in enhancing their medical expertise in the following ways:
• Certification in nursing, emergency medical services, wilderness medical services
• Recertification/renewal of training
For more information on this scholarship or to apply, please download our Scholarship Guidelines and Application.
Contributions to the Wilderness First Responders’ Fund are gratefully accepted at
Wilderness First Responders’ Fund
Dorothy Molter Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 391
Ely, MN 55731


We are located on the east-end of Ely, Minnesota on the south side of Hwy 169 (find us on the map).  We look forward to seeing you at the Dorothy Molter Museum soon. For more information just give us a call at 218-365-4451.

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