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North American Bear Center

#1 of 34 things to do in Ely Features Animals
1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
+1 866-365-7879
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Bears (plus ninja squirrels!)

I went with my teenage daughters - we all enjoyed the exhibits, and the bears have lots of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Duluth, Minnesota
Well worth the admission fee

Handicap accessible, which was important for my wife,only draw back was the out door viewing... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Richard S
Grand Rapids, 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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1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
+1 866-365-7879
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Reviewed yesterday

I went with my teenage daughters - we all enjoyed the exhibits, and the bears have lots of personality! We also enjoyed watching the red squirrels getting their share of the bear's food. One little squirrel even jumped up to the bear's feeding trough to...More

1  Thank Madrigal720
Reviewed yesterday

Handicap accessible, which was important for my wife,only draw back was the out door viewing platform was handicap accessible so my wife good not go up it for a better view of the bears. The facility is well laid out, with lots of interesting and...More

1  Thank Richard S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed being able to see the bears up close and to see them kind of in their natural habitat. Such a good view to see them.

1  Thank Duane M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This Center was well laid out with beautiful displays. We were able to see the bears on the short, family-friendly tour. The taxidermy is superior and numerous. Use the coupon from the welcome center in Ely for a discount and the senior discount too if...More

1  Thank Catherine J
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is worth the stop if you are in the Ely area. The intern staff was quite engaging and it was great to see the bears in a their natural surroundings.

1  Thank LuvToTravel0899
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful centre with good preliminary talk on the bears they look after. We also used the raised viewing gallery which means you can photograph them without fencing being in the way. It was lovely to learn about their characters and see them play. There are...More

1  Thank Satravelforlife
Reviewed 6 days ago

When we arrived, we could not see the bears. We checked out the exhibits and re-assessed the situation outside. Still no bears. As luck would have it, they had a "behind the scenes tour" scheduled which we took part in. This provided us with a...More

1  Thank Buskahhh
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bear center is over the top! There is so much to do there that one day might not be enough. They have live bears obviously, which are very cool to see up close and in person. Though also seem very happy and playful, seems...More

1  Thank TimberWolfL
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived early then came and went during the day. This is a top-notch nature center. It's well laid out and has tons of information.

1  Thank jih45
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We exited our wet camp site to visit the exhibits and live bear viewing tour. Well done on all accounts. Very informative exhibits, movies to view about bear behavior and much more! Highly recommended.

1  Thank Scott C
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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