North American Bear Center 

1 mile West of Ely, MN. on Hwy 169.

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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)

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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.


For opening dates and hours please see our website ( 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).

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