The Aquarium is open to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission and free parking. book wonderful events
All vehicles entering Belle Isle State Park are required to have a Recreation Passport. Please visit www.belleislepark.org for more information.
Belle Isle Aquarium
900 Inselruhe Avenue
Belle Isle State Park, Detroit, MI, 48207
The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened on August 18, 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and has served the Detroit community as a beloved attraction for generations. In 2005, the city of Detroit announced that the Aquarium was to be closed due to lean economic times for the city. The building remained closed to the public until the Belle Isle Conservancy reopened it on September 15, 2012. Over the past three years, the aquarium has exploded in popularity, evident by the attendance numbers that have TRIPLED over the course of the past year. "Momentum" is truly the best term for what is happening in this historic building! A work-in-progress, the aquarium continues to grow and flourish as new exhibits and fish are added, tanks are restored, and history is preserved for generations to come.
Come get reacquainted with old friends and see what’s new! And don’t forget to pick up a souvenir at the Pure Detroit Outpost shop inside the Aquarium!
LEARN SOMETHING NEW.