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International Wolf Center

1396 Hwy. 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
218-365-4695
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Here you can learn all about the habits and habitats of wolves, as well as how to communicate with...
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Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Here you can learn all about the habits and habitats of wolves, as well as how to communicate with them.

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winnipeg
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89 reviews 89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is an education centre with 4 professors and a cadre of keen knowledgeable support staff. Research in the area complements the centre.. With patience and time wolf sittings very possible. Easy to fill the camera frame withhead shots...yes that close. Large glass windows allow that. Just go.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I have been here numerous times. The wolves are fantastic and so are the folks who work here. There is a wonderful and very informative exhebit. If you visit during the summer, come earlier in the morning or late evening. The wolves sleep during the day. If you come during the rest of the year, pick a day with fresh... More 

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Brule, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Well thought out museum they educate you about wolves but do not impose any opinions on you. That was our fear before going is that it would be all pro wolves and some propaganda but it was not. Very good exhibits and very helpful staff.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

No need to be afraid of wolves. Stop here and you'll learn about their intelligence and how much they care about each other. There are plenty of things to keep you busy, like a video theater, special exhibits, and lots of adventure trips, but the thing that we like best are the wolves, themselves. A great staff runs this place,... More 

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Fair Play, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The presentation was very educational and informative. There were lots of interesting pictures and facts on the screen to back up the presentation. The gentleman was very interesting and had a great deal of knowledge. He past articles through the audience for close up examination and there was plenty of time for questions and answers. Lots of really large windows... More 

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Grapevine, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The building and displays were very well done. Observing wolves through a window is not the experience expected for the price paid. They are "not trying to judge if wolves are good or bad" but really they are. The bear center was better.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Going to the Wolf Center was ok, We went during the day and actually got to see the Wolves. I was standing by myself when one of them walked right up to me, so I got a great picture. I was more excited about the Wolf I saw on the drive to Ely than the ones penned up at IWC... More 

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Cloquet
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The wolves were very active the day we were there! The staff was very helpful. Great way to spend a rainy day indoors.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The wolves are sleepy in the day, I recommend doing a night program. We did both programs on Saturday night. Wolf feed ing and wolf speak. Wolf speak takes you off the property on a bus to hear wild wolfs . It is a few hours long and starts at 830 so not good for little kids. Also we were... More 

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

What a scam! Nothing you can`t see on internet.9 bucks a head to see stuffed wolves.shame on you!! you should be told you might not see live wolves before paying,What a waste of time.Randy Blade

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