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Welcome to the Dorothy Molter Museum!

The Dorothy Molter Museum is fun for the whole family!

The Dorothy Molter Museum is fun for the whole family!

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.

We offer hourly tours of Dorothy’s Winter Cabin as well as weekly guided nature walks, a day camp for kids, and free public programs. Take a look at our event schedule for more information.

The museum is known for the personalized tours offered by its guides, but visitors are also welcome to explore the grounds on their own .

Be sure to visit the new exhibit, Dorothy Molter: Living in the Boundary Waters, and check out Bob Cary’s office inside the Cady Cabin.

Of course, you’ll also want to enjoy an ice cold Root Beer at our picnic area under the pines.  And don’t leave before chatting with Dorothy’s chickadees in our community bird feeding area.

The museum is open to the public 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week, Memorial weekend – Labor Day,  and weekends in September.  Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for Seniors, $4.00 for ages 6-17, and free for children 5 and under.  We are located on the south side of Hwy 169 on the east end of Ely, MN.

We look forward to seeing you at the Dorothy Molter Museum soon. For more information just give us a call at 218-365-4451.

New Point Cabin Exhibit – Dorothy Molter: Living in the Boundary Waters

In 2013, as part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Dorothy Molter Museum unveiled a new exhibit in the Point Cabin: ”Dorothy Molter: Living in the Boundary Waters.”

By combining objects and photographs from the museum’s collection with quotes and clips from the 1987 documentary film of the same name, this exhibit illustrates how Dorothy Molter embodies the spirit and inspiration of the northwoods wilderness.

Funding for the exhibit was provided through a grant from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB), as well as through generous private donations.

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