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

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tour guide made it fun

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I had heard of Dorothy Molter and my parents had visited her but it was fun to learn more about her. She was the last person to live in the BWCA - she moved there as a young woman and stayed to run a resort until the government declared this a wilderness area. She was a nurse and helped many... More 

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had such a pleasant visit and everyone was so helpful! We so admire Dorothy! Fun to watch the bird feeding station and the root beer is the best!

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Cypress, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I had never heard of Dorothy Molter until we went to Ely. Then, when we went to this museum, my eyes were opened to read and view info about this strong and kind woman.....a modern pioneer.

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Forest Lake, mn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I had read the book, The Rootbeer Lady so was very interested in seeing how Dorothy Molter lived. Was fascinating and tour guide was very good!

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

this is an amazing place to visit and learn about the last person allowed to live on an island before the govt. take over of what is now the BWCA. Dorothy is a truth MN pioneer! They also have several good books, yummy root beer, and a tour of her reconstructed cabins.

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Additional Information about Dorothy Molter Museum

Address: 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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