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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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We spent several hours there. We we fortunate enough to experience the interactive portion and it... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Andover, Minnesota
via mobile
Wonderful Displays, Horrible Tour

I drove from Colorado for this. The building and all the displays are world class. The "behind the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fort Collins, Colorado
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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 3 days ago via mobile

We spent several hours there. We we fortunate enough to experience the interactive portion and it was an absolute wonderful experience

1  Thank juleslenrun
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I drove from Colorado for this. The building and all the displays are world class. The "behind the scenes tour" was terrible. I was with probably 30 others, most of which had kids. Half the narrative was telling the parents to keep their kids 3-4'...More

Thank eedoonan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There were many informational displays that taught my family a lot about the black bears. Watching the bears from the viewing area was a lot of fun and the behind the scenes tour was so fun. The only time in our lives we will get...More

2  Thank kdemoss43
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent small center, focused primarily on the black bear, but with good information about other bear species. The educational exhibits are very well done. The bears who live there are enclosed but the "behind the scene" tour is well worth it.

1  Thank Mdp1960
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Behind the scenes was great!! Recommend for anyone. We had a chance to see Tasha and Ted while they got some treats.

1  Thank Kelly M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I spent most of the day here. As an avid hiker and backpacker, this was a very welcomed learning experience for me. A very different perspective from the scare tactics and cautionary tales that usually surround bear education. One of the best...More

1  Thank LNB1963
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great up close and nose to nose with black bears and told a lot during behind the scenes tour of how the bears are cared for

2  Thank rickpete
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time at the North American Bear Center. They have an incredible amount of information about bears. Most information is about black bears, but other information is included as well. They have frequent "behind the scenes" tours which guarantees you a chance...More

2  Thank acousticsix
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are a family of 4 with younger kids (8 & 4). We all enjoyed the bear center. The kids loved watching the bears, feeling the animal pelt display and exploring everything on display. We took time to watch the video in their theater (and...More

1  Thank Nina H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This center is very well laid out. From the many exhibits to the wonderful movie "The Bear Walker" to the amazing staff it was a fantastic experience. We spent quite a long time just watching the bears come and go in their habitat. Lucky spent...More

2  Thank tourchick
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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?
18 May 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?
16 April 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?
22 December 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