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North American Bear Center

Address: 1926 Hwy 169 (1 mile west of Ely), Ely, MN 55731
Phone Number: +1 866-365-7879
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Museums, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its kind - it helps people learn...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Museums, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its kind - it helps people learn from the bears themselves about bear behavior, ecology, and their relations with humans. There is a huge need for accurate information about bears worldwide and the mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears

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Dubuque,IA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Although we live quite a long trip away from the the center we came back a year after our first trip because there was a new bear to watch there and to repeat the fun of our first visit. A very educational place to spend time and learn about wildlife of the area. Volunteers and staff are enthusiastic and their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The best part is watching the bears all year round than seeing them in actual settings of daily life when visiting the bear center. The extensive learning in the center the amazing displays is heart warming wealth of information for any age.

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winnipeg
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great Education centre not a theme park. Enjoyable afternoon. Interesting displays and keen volunteers. I really enjoyed the Bears' individual personalities.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This place is packed with stuff about bears. Exhibits, viewing windows, and lots of photography. They have an on-line discussion forum, and web cams so you can see what the bears are doing. The building, itself, is extremely well-designed and you have the option of viewing the resident bears from indoors or out. It's definitely worth your time.

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is a great destination for anyone truly seeking to learn more about bear biology and ethology. The bears who live at the center are fascinating to watch, and the education center is a wealth of information. There isn't too much in the way of the kind of interactive displays kids would like, but new displays and exhibits are current... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I would recommend this place to anyone interested in learning about bears. It's very informative and interesting. Although this time of year the bears aren't very active it's still fun to go see

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Grapevine, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The North American Bear Center had interesting and educational displays. It also provided an opportunity to observe bears in a habitat much like a good zoo. The lady feeding the bears gave an interesting talk while my wife took many pictures. It was a good stop.

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Hixton, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Two hours is not enough time to visit. I would suggest 4-6 hours, as the videos and viewing of the Bears is necessary to get everything the center offers. You will be able to watch video of an actual female bears den with her cubs. You will learn about all bears black, brown & grizzly Bears. We were able to... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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358 reviews 358 reviews
82 attraction reviews
480 helpful votes 480 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The three bears who appeared at feeding time was a nice distraction however for me the best part of this place was the exhibits inside which were fascinating. There is a wealth of information here and a video presentation which alone makes the visit worthwhile. This is a not for profit organisation so all entrance fees are plowed back into... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The North American Bear Center is a fantastic place to learn more about different types of bears. Lynn Rogers, Ph.D. began scientific research four decades ago. I first met him when I was a child - he had/was researching Gloria - she was a crippled black bear. Gloria would visit Toni's cabin and at times bring her cubs. Numerous times... More 

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