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North American Bear Center

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Not to be missed if you visit Ely, MN

This is a great place to learn about bears. You do get to see the feeding of the Bears which is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ely, Minnesota
Educational center with lots to see and read

Visited during the last week before seasonal closure. Had never been here before and it was really... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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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...more
1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
+1 866-365-7879
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to learn about bears. You do get to see the feeding of the Bears which is not exactly in the wild. But there are lots of videos that of bears in the wild. The live bears keep the kids interested....More

2  Thank elyquilter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during the last week before seasonal closure. Had never been here before and it was really interesting to learn about the research done on black bears. The short film was excellent and it was a special treat to see three of the center’s bears!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place. Very entertaining tour. Nice people there and a nice view in the bears. Paid 26$ for two adults and spent 1 1/2 hrs. there. When you are around you should stop by.

Thank _dominik_buers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came to visit Ely during the last weekend that the Bear Center was open October 20. We appreciate that the attendant informed our family of seven that only one bear might be seen since the remaining bears were already in hibernation. Happy that we...More

Thank michaelparkguy
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

It's a great center. Very educational. One learns about myths about bears. Their habits etc. We enjoyed it.

1  Thank Claudeehinger
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Full of great info and could actually spend a couple hours there easily even without observing the bears!

1  Thank RAIMIS2
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Jack was our guide and did a great overview and tour. Very impressed with his knowledge and casual approach. You can tell he loves the center and the bears. We learned a lot from him and the entire staff was just great. The exhibits are...More

1  Thank wolfhollow
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

We love this place! We go every year and today was our best visit yet thanks to Ted and our very informative guide.

Thank Taylor K
Reviewed October 4, 2018

I travelled from Australia to Ely just to see the Black Bears and cannot praise all at the North American Bear Centre highly enough. They operate on a small budget and most staff are volunteers who do an amazing job and are very knowledgeable. There...More

1  Thank 1dogbuddy
Reviewed October 4, 2018

My friend and I had a great time! I learned a lot about bears. How they eat and how they sleep. The whole nine yards. We visited right at the beginning of October and the bears were moving into hibernation mode. That was fascinating. The...More

1  Thank Timothy C
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Janice L
July 31, 2018|
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Response from 214aaronm | Reviewed this property |
I think it was $13 for adults and less for kids, maybe $10.
May 18, 2017|
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Response from kdemoss43 |
I would give more time than an hour, I would try 2-3 hours. There are many things to experience at NABC and watching the bears interact with each other and the staff is fun stuff.
Angus M
April 15, 2017|
Response from JM B |
Hello Angus, Admission for Seniors (65+) is $11.00. Other admission rates are: Adults and Teens $13.00 Children (ages 3–12) $7.00 Children under 3 Free Members Free Bear Center regular hours... More