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Dorothy Molter Museum

Ely, MN
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Historic Sites
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Cypress, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You have to acquaint yourself with the legendary Dorothy Molter who lived on the Isle of Pines and welcomed visitors to the Boundary Waters to her home. Enjoy the museum, which are her actual cabins (summer and winter) and the artifacts from them. Watch the film that will allow you to see her charming personality. But try that amazing root... More

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Geneva, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Tour back in time ,about the life and legend ot this unique woman. An original city gal from Chicago and spent the rest of her life on the islands in the Boundary Waters.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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211 reviews 211 reviews
96 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I really did not know if this museum would be worth the $6.50 admission (seniors and AAA members receive a discount making admission only $5.50), but it certainly was. I was there on a rainy day so I was the only visitor on my tour. Even though some of the exhibits are outdoors and you must walk to the cabins,... More

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Friendswood, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Check out the actual cabin and details of the life of Dorothy Malter at this museum. Don't miss the root beer. My 13-year old daughter loved it.

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