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 648 reviews
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
Took grandchildren to visit wolves and bears. They liked the bears better as they got more of a real look from balcony outside. There was a lot of things to do and see and listen to inside. Great...
— janet j, January 19, 2020
A recent trip to Ely led us to the Bear Center, which is truly an outstanding place to visit. The exhibits are well done and the staff was helpful and informative. The highlight, however, are the...
— GIGIKORI, October 30, 2019
Was presently surprised with the amount of information and they way it was presented. We will go back.
— Laura3066, October 26, 2019
Informative tour of the bears behind the scenes. We went just before they were going to start hibernation. Great displays inside too.
— Curious797316, October 26, 2019