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North American Bear Center

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Address: 1926 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8130
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+1 866-365-7879
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The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its kind...

The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its kind - it helps people learn from the bears themselves about bear behavior, ecology, and their relations with humans.

There is a huge need for accurate information about bears worldwide and the mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears

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Love the Bears

I love the bears and visit every time we are in Ely. The new educational center is a great addition to the facility.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
jenharrigan64
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the bears and visit every time we are in Ely. The new educational center is a great addition to the facility.

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Grey Eagle, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This exhibit is fairly new--built within the last couple of years. The main building is fascinating. You can oo0 and aaH a lot while exploring this well maintained building. Lots to see and do. The bears are well cared for as if they are out in the wild. Enclosed in acres not cages. Climb up the stairs to the second... More 

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Leesburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I have enjoyed visiting yearly since 2011. You can view videos that show how mother black bears interact with their cubs. They have an interactive area for children. I have been visiting every year since 2011. The previous reviews also tell about this wonderful place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The North American Bear Center is a must see! I could spend days there going through the wonderful exhibits and watching the center's black bears. They have lots of interactive displays that include years of research of Dr. Lynn Rogers. You can watch the bears, in the field and den, how they live, hibernate, and interact with their families. The... More 

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Cornville, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We toured the museum and then we were able to go out and watch the bears in their habitat. We watched them being fed and learned about the resident bears and where them came from.

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

There is a lot to read and view in terms of education on bears. Then, we took a 20 minute tour to see the bears up close in their habitat since they did not come down into the enclosure.

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Stillwater
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This center for the bears is a must see! There are many interactive interesting displays with so much information one can spend a whole day but the way it is set up even an hour would give enough detail to know more about bears, especially the black bear. We also were treated to going outside to see the bears in... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The North American Bear Center in Ely is one of the must see places in in Minnesota. The staff are exceptionally knowledgeable about bears and are always ready to share that knowledge with any of the many visitors that attend at the center. At the time of my visit, there are were 5 bears residing at the Center in a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

One of Ely's absolute GEMS! The Bear Center cares for several "Ambassador Bears" in as natural a setting and routine as possible on several acres of wooded land. "Behind-the-Scenes" tours are given multiple times per day so guests can follow guides along a walkway to see bears close up (through a fence, of course) and learn about how gentle and... More 

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Pellston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We really enjoyed our stop at the bear Center. They had a ton of exhibits which were very informative. The staff was very friendly and took us in the back to bears. The center also has a short nature trail and a small dog walking area which was nice for us to all stretch our legs after our long trip.... More 

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