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Address: Ely, MN
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Worth the visit.

Dorothy was quite an adventurous woman who lived much of her life alone in the Boundary Waters area. The museum has told her story well and preserved 3 of her buildings.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Ironwood, Michigan
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Ironwood, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Dorothy was quite an adventurous woman who lived much of her life alone in the Boundary Waters area. The museum has told her story well and preserved 3 of her buildings.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Being a Minnesota transplant I didn't know much about Dorothy Molter. It was fun to go through the cabin and learn about Dorothy's life. We did not take the tour (which costs money) I have heard the tour gives you much more of an appreciation for Dorothy's story. Our nine year old daughter loved the root beer even though it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Pleasant helpful staff with answer to lots of questions. Many of the exhibits looked a bit worn having withstood the Minnesota winters. Worth the stop and a 6 pack of the Root Beer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Thanks to other TA reviews, we made sure to visit when we could jump in on a tour. I can understand why those who just wandered through might find the visit less fulfilling. Although initially a bit rote, the guide had all sorts of interesting information about the things in the cabin or outside once we started asking questions and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Dorothy Molter, a.k.a. The Root Beer Lady, was an incredible human being. Her life story is truly inspiring & worthy of being told. However, the 'museum' takes 15-20 minutes of information & stretches things out. The map of the self guided pathway has a bench as one of the 'sights' on the tour. Stretching it. The root beer does not... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I highly recommend going to this when a tour guide was available. Dan made this fun for us and was highly informative. Other that did not have the tour guide looked like they were walking around lost

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Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The Dorothy Molter story should be a movie! This woman was a treasure. Visit the museum to learn about her, buy a book and a root beer. This place is really special and a treat.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were so honored to have the opportunity to see Dorothy Molter's house. Her story is very interesting and we are grateful to all of those that worked hard to move her cabin and create this great museum. Loved the old paddles !!! And of course we tried the root beer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Do stop here. The museum is a a rebuilt version of her cabin which was carried from its original site on her island. There is a story teller who knew her who guides you through it. Even if you just read the boards and watch the video by yourself you will respect Dorothy's strength and independence.

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Dorothy Molter was the Root Beer Lady of the BWCA. It is implied that the root beer sold by museum gift shop is Dorothy's recipe. It is not! Dorothy did not use high fructose corn syrup! I lived in Ely when Dorothy was still alive, I think she would be appalled that they were selling this crap as hers!

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Additional Information about Dorothy Molter Museum

Address: Ely, MN
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Ely
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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