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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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks ago
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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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All reviews behind the scenes black beans bear center viewing deck all ages great information their natural habitat great exhibits fun to watch great place to visit rainy day wealth of information two hours north woods on display gift shop educational center
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank elyquilter
Reviewed 5 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!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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!

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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.

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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