Frequently Asked Questions

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North American Bear Center
1926 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731      877-365-7879

Yes, all of our exhibits are on the ground floor. Our outside Behind-the-Scene tour path is packed gravel and accessible. We would be happy to help anyone that may need assistance. To access our outside observation deck, you will have to climb 12 steps.

Only ADS Service Animals are permitted inside our facility. Since temperatures in the summer months can be high, we do not recommend you leave your dog or pet in your vehicle unattended.

Yes, your admission is good for the entire day. You can come and go at your leisure as long as you have your wristband. We also have an outdoor pavilion, so feel free to bring along your picnic lunch. No alcoholic beverages or smoking is permitted.

No,  it is included with your admission and you can go on as many as tours as you’d like.

Yes, you can take as many photos and videos of our facility and bears for your personal use. Tripods are prohibited. Any professional or commercial photography must require permission in advance. Contact us at 877-365-7879 for details.

We recommend  you allow at least 1-3 hours for your visit. However, since your admission is good for the entire day, you may want to come and go based on our Program Schedule.

No, since we allow our bears to naturally hibernate we close in late October and reopen in early April.   We are open year round for Groups and Custom tours. Contact us at 877-365-7879 for details. Click here for our hours.


Yes, we have ample parking for RV’s and campers during business hours. No overnight parking permitted.

There are many motels, resorts, and restaurants in the Ely area. Visit Ely’s Chamber of Commerce for local accommodations and places to dine.

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