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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.

The museum is closed for the 2015 season.

Please visit our Exhibits & Tours page for group visits and 2016 hours, or our Events page for community events, including the annual fundraising dinner February 12, 2016.

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Funds raised will go toward the new exhibit Creating the Boundary Waters: 25 Objects, 25 Stories, which will be open in 2016. You are invited to learn more about this exciting project and help contribute to its installation through a tax-deductible donation through our portal at GiveMN.

2015 Canoe Raffle – Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Georgia Woodworth from Colorado on winning the gorgeous, 17-foot, 58-pound Wenonah tandem boat with a striking red finish!

Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Wilderness First Responders’ Fund & Scholarship
2015 Application Deadline December 1

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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