North American Bear Center1926 Highway 169
PO Box 161
Ely, MN 55731
1 mile West of Ely, MN. on Hwy 169.Get Directions
The North American Bear Center is a nonprofit museum with indoor and outdoor viewing of live black bears in natural habitat with a pond and waterfall. The 2.5-acre enclosure is home to four resident bears - Ted, Tasha and Lucky, and Holly that are always within view if the large windows and balcony. The North American Bear Center has a wide variety of daily programs, and a hands-on children’s area, people of all ages learn bear behavior from the bears themselves. It is recommended to allow at least a two-hour visit for this unique, world-class experience that the whole family will enjoy!
Over 50 video exhibits of wild Minnesota bears revealing decades of scientific research
Theater playing award-winning bear documentaries
Brand new "Cub Room" for children to play and learn
Interpretive nature trails
Birding & wildlife viewing
Large gift shop (sales help support the North American Bear Center)
Visit www.bear.org for more information
NABC is located just one mile west of Ely along Highway 169. The center is air-conditioned, handicapped accessible and has a large parking lot with plenty of room for RVs and buses.
Hours & DatesFor opening dates and hours please see our website (bear.org) or call for more information 218-365-7879
Adults and Teens $13, Seniors (60+) $12, Children (3-12) $8, Members and Children under 3 admitted free. Call for group rates (20 or more).
- Eco-friendly landscape/facility design
- Eco-friendly purchasing practices
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Meetings & Conferences
- Meeting/convention facilities maximum capacity: 100
- Number of meeting rooms: 1
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 652 reviews
A fun place to stop and get a great look at bears. They were very active and gave the crowds plenty to watch. Beautiful building too. Plenty to look at and see inside. A great place for young kids...
— nate w, July 29, 2020
My wife and I spent a couple hours at the Bear Center. It is a beautiful facility, with lots of displays and information. However, I wish we were able to see more bears outside of relatively small...
— JohnP13147, July 27, 2020
We loved watching the bears and really enjoyed the museum. The Center has a number of exhibits that were very informative and interactive.
— Susan W, July 20, 2020
This is a great experience for all ages! Not only do they do an excellent job of educating the public about North American Bear, but they also have great programs, behind the scenes tours and...
— John B, July 5, 2020
We made the trip up to Ely specifically to visit the North American Bear Center. There is something for everyone to see and plan to spend a couple of hours. The best part isn’t getting to see the...
— Sandra O, April 29, 2020