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North American Bear Center

Features Animals
1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
+1 866-365-7879
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Great learning experience

A must stop for anyone wanting to learn about black bears. They have outstanding and refreshing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
James B
Austin, Minnesota
via mobile
Bear Center

This is the most amazing experience. I have come to love these bears and love to read about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Melissa M
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“bear center” (93 reviews)
1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
+1 866-365-7879
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must stop for anyone wanting to learn about black bears. They have outstanding and refreshing data and learning experiences for all ages. This facility was built with a passionate group and it shows. Don’t miss it.

1  Thank James B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the most amazing experience. I have come to love these bears and love to read about everything going on at th e Center. Keep up the good work.

2  Thank Melissa M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much information and friendly and knowledgeable staff. When you are done with the tour be sure to check out the information in the center, there is so much to see and do here!

2  Thank VFerguson81
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Luckily I live relatively close, make trips at least yearly. Wonderful place for young and old. Great informative displays as well as opportunities to see the Ambassador bears up close during behind the scenes tour. Marvelous knowledgeable staff.

2  Thank bagaa2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highly recommend a stop here if you are in Ely. Seeing black bears up close is such a treat. Also the educational program of all types of bears and the ecology of the area was very informative. Loved this place!

2  Thank worldsojourners
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Bear Center at the end of our stay in Ely. Although I was concerned that the experience would be too similar to our visit to the Wolf Center across town, the American Bear Center had a wide variety of information not just...More

2  Thank Patricia F
Reviewed September 13, 2017

We got to walk within feet of several bears while they ate peanuts. Really need to be so close to learn about them.

2  Thank Kristen C
Reviewed September 8, 2017 via mobile

You do not want to miss visiting the N. American Bear Center. The staff are extremely knowledgeable, and you really get to see the Bears up close and personal. They really do a great job of educating you about black bears -and given that we...More

2  Thank Rennie5864
Reviewed September 8, 2017

My husband & I visited the North American Bear Center while traveling in the Ely area. The staff is very knowledgeable and informative. I really like the fact that these animals are all rescue bears and would have been euthanized if they had not been...More

2  Thank Gail F
Reviewed September 3, 2017

I was so impressed how the handlers knew in depth each bear, their needs, habits and health issues. The bears were very healthy and their coats glistened with "I feel good". I loved seeing and knowing their names and history. The center is well maintained...More

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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.
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
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