We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

North American Bear Center

#1 of 31 things to do in Ely Features Animals
1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
+1 866-365-7879
Review Highlights
Everything you ever wanted to know about Bears.

These folks do wonderful work in educating people about Bears. The videos and pictures are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen R
Edgewood, New Mexico
Really Cool Exhibit/Museum

My first time to the bear center was really cool. It's a pretty big place with tons of things to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ely, Minnesota
via mobile
Read all 373 reviews
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
+1 866-365-7879
Write a Review
Reviews (373)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 373 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

These folks do wonderful work in educating people about Bears. The videos and pictures are amazing. Their 4 Ambassador Bears are kept in, as close to real habitat as possible. This isn't a zoo, but you can't leave here without learning a lot about animals.

1  Thank Karen R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first time to the bear center was really cool. It's a pretty big place with tons of things to look at and read. The actual bears were cool too! We got to go out to their pens and visit them one by one and...More

1  Thank angiebaby007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the center today for the first time, even though we live fairly nearby. We saw each of the live bears in their habitat, as well as read and looked at all of the exhibits. As bear hunters, we are actually quite knowledgeable about...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am so glad this was a part of out class trip itinerary! The North American Bear Center is so we'll done! There are numerous video displays, taxidermy displays, and live bear viewing. Great for all ages!

1  Thank Scott J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In this time of extreme human arrogance toward nature and animals, a place like this goes a long way toward educating visitors about the ecosystem of the forests, bears in particular, and the importance of not making bears *pets* (!!!). Whatever the controversies about this...More

1  Thank AwakenEarly
Reviewed April 7, 2017

enjoyed the bears and the nature hall, don't wait for a rain day to visit as the center is busiest on rain days

1  Thank SunnieBunnieNest
Reviewed March 11, 2017

If you have any interest in black bears, NABC is the place to go. Tons of educations exhibits sharing the many years of research by Dr. Lynn Rogers dispelling many of the false rumors about black bears. NABC also has live bears in a several...More

1  Thank David J
Reviewed January 27, 2017

I love the bears and visit every time we are in Ely. The new educational center is a great addition to the facility.

1  Thank jenharrigan64
Reviewed January 19, 2017

This exhibit is fairly new--built within the last couple of years. The main building is fascinating. You can oo0 and aaH a lot while exploring this well maintained building. Lots to see and do. The bears are well cared for as if they are out...More

1  Thank minneapol
Reviewed November 29, 2016

I have enjoyed visiting yearly since 2011. You can view videos that show how mother black bears interact with their cubs. They have an interactive area for children. I have been visiting every year since 2011. The previous reviews also tell about this wonderful place.

1  Thank ashutze
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Insula Restaurant
186 reviews
1.15 miles away
Winton Roadhouse
6 reviews
4.52 miles away
Britton's Cafe
188 reviews
1.01 miles away
Northern Expressions Ice Cream Parlor
91 reviews
1.07 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
112 reviews
4.29 miles away
International Wolf Center
416 reviews
2.81 miles away
Sheridan Street
30 reviews
1.12 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I am planning a visit to the area in a few weeks, how much time should I plan on spending at the NABC?
May 18, 2017|
Response from angiebaby007 | Reviewed this property |
I would say an hour or two. If you really enjoy reading plaques, you could spend a ton of time there but to get the full effect of the exhibit, I think an hour is plenty of time!
Angus M
How much is admission for Senior citizens?
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
Joan S
How far is Ely off Highway 61? What is the population? What are the services?
December 21, 2015|
Answer Show all 3 answers
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