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Dorothy Molter Museum

Ely, MN
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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English first
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Don't miss this cool opportunity to step back in time and visit a place that really existed. Molter was inspirational in the simplicity of kindness she offered passersby.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We loved the reconstructed cabin that belonged to this unusual woman...the "Root Beer Lady." The guide who told us of Dorothy Molter's life was interesting, entertaining, and patient with our questions. We loved the actual film of her life including her root beer bottling enterprise. We stopped in at the gift shop to get some books and other gifts for... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great historical experience that couples with a visit to the cabin that was occupied Dorothy Molter until her death.

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