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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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Amazing, educational, and thought-provoking experience

We made a special trip from the Twin Cities to visit the Bear Center and it was totally worth it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Minneapolis, MN
Great Scouting merit badge program!

Our Cub Scout Pack was contacted about participating in a merit badge program by the Bear Center... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ely, 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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  • Poor1%
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1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
+1 866-365-7879
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank mplsberg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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

Thank rockyjoe
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
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!

Thank gracefortoday
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

1  Thank 3,620
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
Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

Great informative displays about all sorts of bears, even prehistoric ones. Plus, we got to meet Ted and Tasha just before hibernation. Informative, dedicated, and friendly staff.

1  Thank Andrea G
Reviewed October 11, 2017 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 October 8, 2017 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
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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