The North American Bear Center
The North American Bear Center is the only Science/Nature museum of its kind. Dedicated to replacing old myths with facts, it lets people learn from the bears themselves about bear behavior, ecology, and their relations with humans.
1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN. 55731
Toll free: 877-365-7879
International Wolf Center
The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.
1396 Highway 169, Ely, Minnesota 55731
Phone: (800) ELY-WOLF
Soudan Underground Mine
This park is home to Minnesota’s oldest iron ore mine, where visitors can learn about how mining shaped the history and culture of the Iron Range. Explore the dry house, drill shop, crusher house and engine house, and take the boardwalk past one of the deepest open mine pits. Take an underground mine tour and travel a half mile beneath the earth to the deepest area that was mined. Take U.S. Highway 169 towards Ely and follow the signs. Soudan is located 2 miles east of Tower, MN.
1302 McKinley Park Road
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-2245
The Historic Pillow Rock
An outcrop of Ely Greenstone volcanic rock aged at 2.7 billion years old. This rock formed when dark lava flows under water, this geoligic specemin is one of the few in the world. Head north on 13th Ave and just follow the signs.
Ely Library & Arts and Heritage Center
Ely Greenstone Public Art is a non-profit arts organization in the Ely, Minnesota area, whose goal is the enhancement of life through art and to encourage artists of all ages. It offers art classes to children and adults, holds juried art exhibits and beautifies Ely’s public areas with murals and sculpture.
Our latest project is creating and managing the Ely Art & Heritage Center in the historic Pioneer Mine buildings. We have held our Juried Art Show and Sale there since 2007 and are planning more events to come!
Dorothy Molter Museum (Root Beer Lady)
The Dorothy Molter Museum is a memorial to the legendary last resident of the BWCAW, who died in 1986 after living most of her 79 years on Knife Lake near the U.S.-Canada border. Canoeists often stopped at Molter’s home to enjoy her hospitality and famous homemade root beer.
Located east of Ely on Hwy. 169