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 698 reviews
You do see bears, but it isn't what I expected. It is certainly something to see, but for the money you might be better off doing something else.
— Q4546LKerikh, October 15, 2021
We love this place so much! This was not our first visit, but much has been updated since our last trip. There is so much knowledge to be gained here, and it's presented in a way that keeps your...
— Julie Ann N, September 14, 2021
Center had two bears to see however there is much more information on bears to see and learn about bears. Good to visit if you are interested in bears and kids would enjoy going here.
— nancytU665VX, September 2, 2021
Loved this place. A perfect stop on your way out of Ely back to the Twin Cities. I had 2 nineteen year olds with me and they enjoyed the great information on the area and the bear. We also went on a...
— bethjos, September 1, 2021
We did the behind the scenes tour and can see how much the staff love the bears. So much information here. Great pictures, displays and lots of video. So much to learn from this center.
— kristib534, August 16, 2021