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North American Bear Center

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1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
+1 866-365-7879
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Great experience for all ages

You’ll see the four Ambassador Bears and enjoy the North woods Ecology Hall which talks about the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Reedmolly
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Denver, Colorado
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Just ask Old Ted for advice

This attraction was a real treat! An experiential learning center, the Bear Center taught us a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
980Happywanderer
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Northfield, Minnesota
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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 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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  • Very good17%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
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+1 866-365-7879
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You’ll see the four Ambassador Bears and enjoy the North woods Ecology Hall which talks about the area and all that live there. You’ll also see beautiful displays and learn about polar, grizzly and black bears in videos. Worth the visit for everyone.

Thank Reedmolly
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This attraction was a real treat! An experiential learning center, the Bear Center taught us a whole lot! The staff and volunteers guided us qthrough our visit which included going outside to a fenced area within three feet of the Bears. Old Ted is the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went late in the season when the bears were getting their dens ready for hibernation. Beautiful location, great close-up views of bears, and a wonderful interpretive center with lots of cool displays. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed February 4, 2018

We made a special trip from the Twin Cities to visit the Bear Center and it was totally worth it. We took the tour, met the resident bears, and were fortunate to be there at "snack time" when a tray of goodies was put in...More

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Reviewed January 28, 2018

Our Cub Scout Pack was contacted about participating in a merit badge program by the Bear Center. Our Bear Den participated in the program and it was excellent. Lots of information and fun hands on activities. We left with the boys wishing they could stay...More

Thank ElyCubScouts
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Reviewed December 24, 2017

The North American Bear Center is a black bear and wildlife educational center and is located on Highway 169, a few blocks west of Ely, Minnesota. Ely is located about 100 miles north of Duluth and about 245 miles north of Minneapolis. This Center is...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

Visited here in the wrong season. One bear was half awake, getting ready to hibernate. However, staff are very friendly and there is a lot to learn. Changed my views on black bears. Very nice exhibitions and a BBC movie made in MN. Will have...More

Thank Joe H
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Reviewed October 29, 2017

The North American Bear Center is amazing. We loved it. We got to see a female climb a tree; a male swim and play in their pond. The staff is very knowledgeable. We enjoyed it thoroughly; worth the ticket price for sure!

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Reviewed October 28, 2017 via mobile

We decided to come to Ely to celebrate my husbands birthday. Only bad part of it was the six hours of snow to get here. The exhibits at the center were excellent. Also enjoyed their movies. The facilities were very clean and well cared for....More

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

They have a number of bears in individual enclosures and they are beautiful but cannot be set free. Either there mothers were killed or abused. The center has tons of information and videos and I wish I was able to spend more time to learn...More

1  Thank cliff f
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cren1989
May 18, 2017|
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Response from David J | Reviewed this property |
I would also say at least 2 hours. A lot of interesting information to learn. You definitely want to make sure you watch the bears as well.
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Angus M
April 15, 2017|
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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
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Joan S
December 21, 2015|
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Response from NABC_Ely_MN | Property representative |
The North American Bear Center is approx. 63 miles from the intersection of Hwys 61 & 1, near Illgen City, MN. Ely, pop. 3,500, offers many activities in both summer and winter, although many activities and restaurants are... More
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