International Wolf Center in Ely
At the International Wolf Center in Ely, a stunning and informative series of exhibits chronicles the history of the wolf as it evolved in nature as well as its role in the many cultures familiar with this sometimes idolized, often demonized animal.
The Center’s own wolf pack, which includes two Arctic wolves, may be viewed by visitors as an interpreter describes the wolves’ behavior and discusses the many myths and legends surrounding the wolf and its subspecies. Special feeding and tracking sessions are available.
Also, shop for nature- and wolf-themed clothing, fine art and craft items at the Center’s gift shop.
Opened in 1993, the International Wolf Center was originally designed to house the award-winning exhibit “Wolves and Humans,” which first appeared at the Science Museum of Minnesota and went on to tour 19 U.S. iron trail cities and reach more than 2.5 million people.
Directions: Follow Highway 53 approximately four miles north of Virginia to Highway 169. Exit right on Hwy. 169 heading east toward Ely (approximately 46 miles). Follow the highway through downtown Ely and look for the Center at the edge of town on the right-hand side.
Admission: Open May-June, September-October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; July-August, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; November-April, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Admission packages start at $7.00 for adults and teens. Ages 6-12 – $3.25, and children under 6 admitted for free. Seniors – $6.00. Admission is free for members. Group tours and children’s groups welcome, but groups of 15 or more should make appointment. Rates subject to change.
To learn more, visit the International Wolf Center website.
International Wolf Center
1396 Hwy 169
Ely, MN 55731