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Address: 1396 Hwy. 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
Phone Number:
218-365-4695
Today
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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See the Wolfs

Great place to see wolfs from a safe distance. Ha. There were two right up front when we were there. Plus they had a great Northern lights gallery show.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
K2M
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to see wolfs from a safe distance. Ha. There were two right up front when we were there. Plus they had a great Northern lights gallery show.

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Gardiner, New York
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I visited the wolf center while staying in nearby Babbitt. It is a great museum with loads of information about wolves and how they interact with people. The highlight, of course, is seeing the resident wolves up close. We had a great time.

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Thank MinivanWarrior
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The International Wolf Center in Ely, MN is a must! My husband and I have been looking forward to visiting this place for many years. Not only do you get to see the wolves interact and come up to the windows, but you also learn a lot about each wolf and all the research done. I suggest visiting in the... More 

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Thank sboardr4
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A worthwhile attraction to visit. Informative exhibits. The wolves were viewable. I would recommend the evening program.

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Grey Eagle, Minnesota
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577 reviews
208 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 595 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I have been here several times. This time we took our 3 grand kids and a guest from Texas. All were impressed with this wonderful and entertaining exhibit. This wolves are very well taken care of-- yes, they are enclosed but in acres not cages. There is a huge stadium seating viewing room. You can see real... More 

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Ely, Minnesota
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59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Seeing the wolves was really cool. They were really active and playful with each other. The museum part is cool but not super interactive. Some of it was kinda boring but it was still interesting! There were also really beautiful pictures of the northern lights taken by a local here in Ely. I'd recommend visiting if you enjoy wildlife facts!

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Thank angiebaby007
Lake City, Minnesota
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

This is definitely a spot to visit. The staff was knowledgeable and its rare to get to see wolves at such a close range

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Thank Elaine B
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

This facility was recommended to us by friends who live in Ely. It was very educational, kid and adult friendly, and they had a nice gift shop. Viewing the wolves in this habitat required patience, and the center provided binoculars in case you didn't have any. There were cubs, but didn't see them. One adult was out sunning - the... More 

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Thank 607teri
North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

The ambassador pack, staff and educational programs will show you the truth about wolves. The nature of wolves and their place in our world is explored through film, displays and observation of the ambassador pack. A must for all ages

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Cornville, Arizona
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

It is a great educational experience! The ranger/instructor talked about wolves and we learned a great deal about these beautiful animals. We also were able to watch the wolves in a natural habitat -- they had adults and young wolves. The museum was also excellent.

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