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North American Bear Center

1926 Hwy 169 (1 mile west of Ely), Ely, MN 55731
+1 866-365-7879
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums
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,... more » 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 « less
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Bemidji, Minnesota
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
6 helpful votes 6 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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79 attraction reviews
474 helpful votes 474 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I've been going to Ely annually for years and am not a big fan of museums. I did enjoy my stop here and appreciated what they have put together. The bears they have on the property appear well cared for and were otherwise considered un-releasable to the wild. in other words they are not exploiting bears that would otherwise survive... More

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We liked everything about NABC. These folks are right on track with Black Bear education for everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult.

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Duluth MN
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We saw the bear "enrichment", which is another word for feeding. Since we live in an area with bears, seeing three bears was not that thrilling. Much better was inside where there were great displays augmented by video. There, I really did learn a great deal and that's the bottom line for a museum/nature center. But, don't expect an earth... More

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Saint Paul
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Lots to see. Plan to spend some time watching videos, reading interesting facts and watching the four captive bears at the center.

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