Street Address
1900 East Camp St
Ely, MN 55731
Mailing Address
1900 E. Camp St.
Ely, MN 55731
Summer Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday12 PM - 4 PM
Winter Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday12 PM - 4 PM
Adults: $5
Seniors: $4
Children (6-16): $3
Children under 6: Free
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Margaret Sweet, Director
phone: 218-365-3226


We cover the history of the area from prehistoric times through mining, logging, and immigration. Arts displays include Carl Gawboy and Albin Zaverl.

The Ely-Winton History Museum is located on the campus of Vermillion Community College. When you enter Ely you continue down Sheridan St (Hwy 169). You stay on Sheridan all the way through town until you reach 17th Ave, you then take a left. Take your next right on Camp S and you cant miss the college located on the left side of Camp S.


The Ely-Winton History Museum desires to help you understand the land in which we live and what it offered to the people who lived here. A community arose as people from diverse backgrounds came here to make a living and fulfill their dreams. The museum interprets what these people experienced in this land, what they strove for, how they coped with problems, what they achieved, and what they have passed down to their descendants. Using photographs, maps and artifacts, the displays present the different phases of 12,000 years of local history from prehistoric to the present.


The Ely-Winton Historical Society was started in the 1960s but came to be part of the Vermilion Community College in the 1980s when the State, the City and the IRRRB funded a new Fine Arts Wing to the college which included a state of the art museum for the historical society. We are located at the college but are governed by our own board.

Artifacts Collections

Geological samples, Anishinabi moccasins and examples of beadwork, old logging and mining tools, examples of past businesses, the importance of women on the frontier, and the history of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

  • Rocks of the area
  • Photographs
  • Books

Research Collections

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

  • Mining
  • Logging

Educational Programs

We offer history based programs twice a month in June, July and August.


Located within Vermilion Community College. The Society has the right to use auditoriums and lecture halls.


Lecture Halls


Board of Directors


Access: Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


Newsletter put out at end of the year.


Wheelchair Accessible




Gift Shop