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Dorothy Molter Museum

Ely, MN
+1 218-365-4451
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Interesting history about an interesting lady...

Nearly everyone that has been to Ely or the BWCA has heard of the "root beer lady". It's an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
WIstoney
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Altoona, Wisconsin
A small tribute to the last living resident within the BWCA

This is an interesting place to visit. I have donated things I picked over the years that were part... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2018
BearManNorth
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Ely, Minnesota
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  • Average8%
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“root beer” (63 reviews)
“amazing woman” (6 reviews)
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Ely, MN
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+1 218-365-4451
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nearly everyone that has been to Ely or the BWCA has heard of the "root beer lady". It's an interesting story. A nice museum, the cabins along the trail are packed with historical pieces. Dorothy was truly an amazing person. They sell root beer in...More

Thank WIstoney
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Reviewed January 20, 2018

This is an interesting place to visit. I have donated things I picked over the years that were part of the Isle Of Pines fishing resort, which is where Dorthy lived out her days as "The Root Beer Lady". I met her when I was...More

Thank BearManNorth
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Reviewed November 3, 2017

In going thru this museum you get to know Dorothy, an interesting lady who persevered w/o many of the amenities most take for granted these days. Loved seeing her actual cabin and things she lived with on a daily basis. Enjoyed the TV clip of...More

Thank seckora7
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Reviewed September 26, 2017

What an amazing woman. The museum is totally worth it to learn more about this incredible woman's life.

Thank worldsojourners
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Reviewed September 16, 2017

I knew nothing about Dorothy before I visited this small museum location. I took some time to read the exhibits while walking through the buildings and learned a lot about Dorothy and the challenges of life in the North Woods. There is also a short...More

Thank BethInOhio
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

This is a very interesting place. They have done a great job of setting it up so you can really get a feel for what her life was actually like . One of the best museums I have been to.

Thank Rebecca K
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Reviewed September 5, 2017

This is a place where one is rewarded by careful consideration of the exhibits. I found the video interviews with Dorothy to be particularly effective in conveying an idea of this hardy individualistic woman.

Thank Sandra S
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Reviewed August 28, 2017

We visited the Dorothy Motler Museum during our one week stay in Ely. Dorothy was an amazing woman and I can't wait to read her book. We bought root beer, too....should have bought more because it is delicious!

Thank tldewitt81
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Reviewed August 28, 2017

This museum is well worth the trip to Ely. It is around the corner from the International Wolf Center and is super interesting. You must try the root beer. It is Dorothy Molter's original recipe and there is a very interesting story about how it...More

Thank DLPenning
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Reviewed August 28, 2017

This little gem of a museum, in northern Minnesota, is a tribute to woman who lived ahead of her time. Her story is timeless and inspiring. Historical information of life in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canadian borders. Also a lovely walk on the...More

Thank Carol-Ann B
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