Open Monday - Friday 9 AM - 4 PM
Admission: Adults $5, Children 5 - 12 $3, Age 4 and Under - Free
Welcome to  BEAR-OLOGY
Bear-Ology is a black bear museum where you will uncover many truths about black bears and dispel myths. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn why the Coastal Plain of North Carolina has the world’s largest black bears and why we have the highest black bear densities on the planet!
  • Do Coastal North Carolina bear hibernate? Find out at Bear-Ology.
  • What do they eat that makes them so extraordinarily large? See examples of their food from each month of the year.
  • Do bears like honey? Learn the truth!
  • Are female bears with cubs more dangerous than male bears? Come and discover the answer to this and many other questions.
  • Watch a 17 minute Blue Ray film about NC black bears in our Surround Sound equipped theatre.
  • See two mounted bears that weigh over 700 lbs. One of these bears was the second largest in North Carolina on record as of 2012, weighing 780 lbs. It is currently #4 in the State. Our bears just keep getting bigger!
  • Enjoy seeing amazing photographs and actual examples of bear sign.
    You can also visit one of our local US Fish & Wildlife Refuges while you are here where you can see black bears in the wild.
…But there is more! For the $5 admission to Bear-Ology, you can also tour the adjoining God’s Creation Wildlife Museum and see animals from Alaska to African and point’s in-between. Learn about the Big Five of Africa’s most dangerous game animals. See hands-on interactive displays from North America. There are four rooms with animals from four continents!

Amazingly, there are four museums in four blocks on the waterfront in historic Plymouth on the Roanoke River. In addition to the aforementioned two museums, you can visit The Port O’Plymouth Museum that interprets the remarkable Civil War history that took place in Plymouth. That includes the history of most successful ironclad of the Civil War and its destruction in what The History Channel titled, “The Most Daring Mission of the Civil War” in its 2005 documentary. The fourth museum is the popular Roanoke River Maritime Museum and Lighthouse. Tour a screw pile lighthouse like the ones used in the shallow Albemarle Sound. Learn about the important fisheries that once flourished here and see examples of the NC State Boat: The Albemarle Shad Boat.

So make plans to come experience Plymouth, NC – Gateway to the Roanoke River Delta, where there are over 50 miles of shoreline within 5 miles of Plymouth waiting to be explored.
Plymouth is where traffic ends and adventure begins! (Visit for more to do in Plymouth)