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Who was Dorothy?
Dorothy Molter was the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). 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.

Closed for the 2014 Season – Thank You!

2015 Museum Hours

Ely Winter Festival Hours
Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8 and 14-15
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
More events!

Memorial Day (May 23) through Ely’s Harvest Moon Festival (September 13)
Daily • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September & October
Weekends only
*Fall weather fluctuates from warm and sunny to cold and windy. Please dress warmly as our cabins are not heated.


$6.50 for adultsbluestarmuseum
$5.50 for Seniors
$4.50 for ages 6-17
Free for children 5 and under
Free for Members
Free for active military members
Discounts available for pre-registered groups.

Fun for all ages!

Fun for all ages!

Tours & Programs

We encourage visitors to explore the Museum during their visit. However, we also offer tours with experienced and knowledgeable tour guides – a few of whom knew Dorothy!
Guided Tours: Hourly, on the hour from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., free with admission during summer season

Groups of eight or more that call ahead to schedule a visit are welcome any day of the week through October. Special arrangements throughout the winter are dependent on weather and snow removal. Our cabins are not heated and snow removal is intermittent.

Additional hours, programs and special events are posted online in our event schedule.

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.

Community Bird Feeding Station

Don’t leave before chatting with Dorothy’s chickadees in our community bird feeding area. Supported by generous  grants, this space is a relaxing escape to view nature in action.


We are located on the east-end of Ely, Minnesota on the south side of Hwy 169.  We look forward to seeing you at the Dorothy Molter Museum soon. For more information just give us a call at 218-365-4451.
To provide a comfortable environment for all of our guests, only certified service animals are allowed inside 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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