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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
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Above Excellent!

Our recent second visit to the Bear Center was just as captivating as the first and we will... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2016
Educational Place to visit

We learned lots about bears. We had so much fun. 1. When defending themselves bears make... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2016
Kim P
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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 August 26, 2016

Our recent second visit to the Bear Center was just as captivating as the first and we will, without a doubt, return again. After following the on-line daily updates and live cams this past year, we can't say enough about the quality of the Center...More

3  Thank Ha99ydance
Reviewed August 23, 2016

We learned lots about bears. We had so much fun. 1. When defending themselves bears make themselves look bigger by fluffing up their fur and standing on their hind legs. 2. The main predator that all species of bears have to worry about is humans....More

4  Thank Kim P
Reviewed August 22, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the North American Bear Center! Be sure to take the behind the scenes tour where you can get up close to see the bears in their natural habitat. The exhibits are very educational and provide much information about...More

4  Thank ramseylinda
Reviewed August 22, 2016

worth a visit , very educational . the natural setting to view bears is really nice , I must admit I did not go one the tour that is included in your admission fee . I personally did not want to see the bear they...More

4  Thank dianecorine
Reviewed August 22, 2016

We finally made it to the Bear Center after living about an hour and a half away! We were beyond thrilled with the learning experience here. There is so much information about bears; everything from the different types of bears, to myths about bears and...More

3  Thank Allison B
Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting and educational for families. Watch real bears and learn everything you didn't know about them. Volunteers were interesting to talk to about the area bears who stop by their cabins and knock on their doors for food! I was interested in the movie...More

3  Thank Subes6701
Reviewed August 17, 2016

Wonderful museum and educational center. Seeing the Bears in their natural habitat and going on the short behind the scenes tour was a highlight! DO NOT MISS this wonderful educational opportunity. The staff, Judy in particular, were very friendly and willing to answer questions and...More

3  Thank Nancy4Jayhawks
Reviewed August 15, 2016

Great place for all ages. Excellent exhibits done with great detail.. Plan for a few hours to get the most of your visit.

3  Thank Ann D
Reviewed August 15, 2016

Wonderful experience for our family of 4, kids 11 and 13. They have wonderful and informative displays and some snakes and turtles indoors, and of course the viewing windows and balcony that allow you to see the bears. Make sure to catch the talk and...More

3  Thank Travelmamacita
Reviewed August 14, 2016

This is place entire family can enjoy. Well set up exhibits that you can go through at your own pace and read as much (or as little) as you would like. Several short videos sprinkled throughout that are interesting and informative for all. The staff...More

3  Thank Prairie_Walker
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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|
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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
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|
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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