Street Address
1900 E Camp St
Ely, MN 55731
Mailing Address
1900 E. Camp St.
Ely, MN 55731
June, July, August,
Monday - Friday12 PM - 4 PM
Rest of Year
Tuesday - Friday12 PM - 4 PM
Adults: $5
Seniors: $4
Children (6-15): $3
Children under 6: Free
Gift Shop
Margaret Sweet, Manager
phone: 218-365-3226
Mary Ann Lekatz, Bookkeeper
phone: 218-365-3226


The musuem covers exhibits from the geology of the area, through early natives, voyageurs/trapping, logging, mining, how people lived, and an ever changing exhibit on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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.

Research Collections

Many books and files on local history and local people past and present. Microfilm from all the city's newspapers.

Educational Programs

We have initiated a study program with the high school Honor Society students to help them learn the history of their town. We have summer programs which teach as they entertain. This year's programs include one of ethnic music, another on old postcards, a lecture on the people of the area, and one of local writers reading from their books. We also publish books of historical and local interest.


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


    Lecture Halls


    While in the college, we are a separate entity with our own Board of Directors.

    The Ely-Winton Historical Society is governed by a board of directors which meet the first Tuesday of each month.


    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No


    We have an annual newsletter that goes out with membership dues letters.


      Wheelchair Accessible




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