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 670 reviews
This is a must see. We were able to meet 2 bears and the staff was so friendly and answered all of our questions. The exhibits were plentiful, informative, and interesting for all ages. After the...
— Feona123, October 25, 2020
Wow! This place is packed with so much information about bears and other wildlife native to this area. If you want to take in all of the pictorial and print information you should plan for more...
— workhardplayhard27, October 18, 2020
Carve out more than one hour to see this delightful gem. We learned so much about bears and even other MN wildlife and fishes. Getting to see the bears was fun even if the particular bear we saw was...
— Duniya_traveler-13, October 18, 2020
Our only regret was that we arrived two hours before closing as we could have spent at least another hour viewing videos and reading exhibits. We saw bears and learned much about them: their...
— N5349ZRmichaelr, October 11, 2020
Learned even more about bears than I already knew. Saw Big Ted and Lucky. Plan on spending at least 1.5 hours in the interpretive center. Worth the trip from Mpls. To Ely.
— work2trav, October 10, 2020