Wolves and Humans was the first large natural history exhibit anywhere to look at the social, biological, mythological, and ethical relationships between animals and people. The exhibit presented a historical look at the myths, legends, and folklore surrounding the wolf, current knowledge about their biology and behavior, and controversies that arise when wolves and humans interact. This innovative and much-copied approach earned Wolves and Humans a place in the American Association of Museum's Riches, Rivals and Radicals: One Hundred Years of Museums in America as one of the most influential exhibits of the 20th Century.
Originally scheduled for a three-year tour, Wolves and Humans was seen by more than 2.5 million people in 18 cities in the US and Canada during nine years on the road. The exhibit was permanently installed as the centerpiece of the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, in June 1993.