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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.

TONIGHT! Thursday, October 8th
Cocktails at the Cabins  5 – 7 pm
Kick back and relax with some tasty adult beverages!

For details on this and other community events click here.

For details on admissions, hours, museum exhibits and guided tours click here.

Fall Hours

October 10, 17, 24 & 31 (Saturdays)
10:00am – 5:00pm – Optional guided tours at 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4pm

2015 Canoe Raffle

IMG_2014The canoe is here! A gorgeous, 17-foot, 58-pound Wenonah tandem boat with a striking red finish. This canoe is valued at $2,049 and is being raffled off as the museum’s annual fundraiser. Tickets are sold at the museum for $5 each* and the winner does not need to be present for the drawing on October 31, 2015.


*Cash, check or debit/bank cards accepted, no credit cards, in accordance with Minnesota gambling laws.  Tickets may be ordered via postal mail with a check.

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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