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Dorothy Molter Museum

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Address: Ely, MN
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12:00 - 17:30
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Sun 12:00 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:30

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BWCA History

Our daughter loves the history and story of Dorothy. We've gone several times and always seem to discover or learn something new every time. Must try the roo tbeer!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
jenharrigan64
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our daughter loves the history and story of Dorothy. We've gone several times and always seem to discover or learn something new every time. Must try the roo tbeer!

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Thank jenharrigan64
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The place introduces the woman that lived alone in wilderness. If you're new to the area, it would be a great start to visit the museum. Guided tour is included and is a must to get more information.

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Thank Yaroslav P
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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108 reviews
45 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This relatively small museum (consisting of a gift shop/exhibit area and two log cabins) is a real treat. It shows how a single woman lived for years all by herself in the remote areas of the Boundary Waters (before and after it was designated as such). Talk about grit!" You see how people cut ice from frozen lakes and crated... More 

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Daly City
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

My wife and I were in the area for the day. We were new to the area and were looking for ways to spend the day. We saw advertisements for the Dorothy Molter Museum and decided to stop by. We had just returned from the wolf center up the road where we didn’t see a single wolf during our visit... More 

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Clearwater Beac
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

For as long as we had been going to Ely, we finally made the time to go to this museum. I am so glad we did! This woman's history and story is so enlightening. I am glad we were able to see and feel the spirit of Dorothy in the exhibits and the narratives. I definitely recommend. It is a... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This certainly has local flavor, but Dorothy was an amazing woman and I brought my family to see the museum and to learn of her history and a bit of Minnesota Conservation History. I have read and shared my book on Dorothy and my family very much enjoyed the tour (hats off to Jess) and the rebuilt cabins.

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Thank poskoog
Washburn, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Have read the books on the "Root Beer Lady" of the BWCA Great tour and seeing her cabin's and the video of her.

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Thank dusty1212
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Step back into time and see how a woman lives and thrives in a rustic cabin, getting her own water, making her own foods and living secluded!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

If you're in Ely, make time to visit the museum and go on the guided tour! For $6.50, this is a great value for an interesting history lesson about the last resident to live in the BWCA. It will be well worth your time.

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Thank KentBert
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

I had no idea who this lady was when we stopped in. She was a very interesting lady and was presented in an excellent way. If you love history , antiques , and a good story, you must stop in. There was a guided tour we did not go in , but imagine that would of made it even better.

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