Welcome to the Dorothy Molter Museum!Dorothy_Museum_Logo_150 x 150

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.

2015 Museum Hours

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
*Spring & fall weather fluctuates from warm and sunny to cold and windy. Please dress warmly as our cabins are not heated.

2015 Admission

$6.50 for adultsbluestarmuseum
$6.00 for Seniors and AAA Members
$4.50 for ages 6-17
Free for children 5 and under, Museum Members and Active Military Members
Discounts available for pre-registered groups.


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.

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