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International Wolf Center

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Address: 1396 Hwy. 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129
Phone Number:
218-365-4695
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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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This is a great place to visit in person as well as keep up with them online/social media outlets. They have exceptionally knowledgeable staff and very friendly!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 10, 2015
Laura H
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to visit in person as well as keep up with them online/social media outlets. They have exceptionally knowledgeable staff and very friendly!

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1 Thank Laura H
st. catharines
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356 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Trying to educate the public about such a misunderstood animal. What a task to undertake. Yet they are doing a very good job and respecting the animals at the same time. If you want a guaranteed sighting then go to a zoo. If you want to visit a research and educational facility this is it. We sat in on both... More 

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Pearl City, Illinois
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107 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I visited the center and we're delighted by the quality of the displays and information conveyed in the presentation. Having come fom Wash DC and used to the Smithsonian level of quality the Wolf Center did not disappoint. One common complaint though is if you go in the middle of the day you'll probably not see any... More 

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Thank Kurt M
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

Saturday night feedings cannot be missed. It was tough to shoot photos through the glass, but took great video of wolves interacting while feeding.

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Thank RobAndKarli
Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

We loved the wolf center. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The wolves are beautiful and all came up to the viewing window so we got to see them!

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Thank StLuciaMama
Tucson, Arizona
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83 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2015

This is a disappointing second visit. The wolves get fed Sat. nights only and are out of view for days. The woman giving the lecture was awful -set a record for the number of ah, um etc in a presentation - we walked out after 25 min. it was so distracting.

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Thank Kim C
North Branch
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2015

Everything you ever wanted to know about wolves! Captive wolves, movies, exhibits, inter-active displays, and a gift shop.

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Thank Wolfoxwmn
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2015

The museum touted a special "raptor exhibit," which was a mediocre 50 square feet of displays. The main exhibit did have several stuffed wolves, but was somewhat short on information and interest (at least for me) Two of the displays were of the remains of a moose and a deer that had been killed by wolves. That seemed like a... More 

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Thank Harried_but_happy
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2015

My 6 year old enjoyed playing in the kids area of the center. The speaker in the auditorium (forgot his name) did a wonderful job explaining about the different types of wolves and explaining the behaviors of the wolves at the center. We were able to watch one of the wolves eating a beaver This is a beautiful facility. My... More 

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Thank C S
Plymouth, Minnesota
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

The naturalists were very informed and gave a great presentation. And the wolves showed up for photo ops. Wonderful.

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Thank Carol S

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