Museums & History

Find a window into Ely's rich history and fascinating past at one of our museums and cultural centers. Here's just a sample:

Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum offers 3,000 square feet of exhibits celebrating the history, life and ways of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. 

The Dorothy Molter Museum is a memorial to the legendary last resident of the BWCAW, known "the Root Beer Lady" for her hospitality and famous homemade root beer.

The beautiful Ely Area Veterans Memorial is dedicated to all Ely Area Veterans, past, present and future and was built through the donations of citizens, businesses and government entities.

Ely Folk School is a do-it-yourself haven for learning traditional crafts and skills associated with Ely's cultural heritage and wilderness legacy. Ely's rich Balkan and Finnish cultural heritage and its internationally renowned wilderness offer a rich trove around which EFS is creating its identity.