The Aquarium is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission and free parking.
Belle Isle Aquarium
900 Inselruhe Avenue
Belle Isle State Park, Detroit, MI, 48207
One of Detroit's historic icons, the Belle Isle Aquarium was the first public aquarium to open in the United States and, on its opening day of August 18, 1904, it was celebrated, not only as the third largest, but also the finest aquarium the world had ever seen.
The joint Aquarium and Conservatory building was designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn. The Aquarium operated for 101 years; through two World Wars, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. The building has served as an institution of learning and a sanctuary of wonder through tumultuous times in our history. In 2005, the Aquarium was closed due, in part, to lean economic times for the city and remained closed until September 15, 2012 when it was reopened by a group of dedicated volunteers with the support of former Mayor Dave Bing. The Aquarium is now operated as part of the Belle Isle Conservancy by volunteers under the supervision of a professional curator. 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! Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir at the Pure Detroit Outpost shop inside the Aquarium.
"SCIENCE SATURDAY" SPOTLIGHT:
August's Science Saturday, August 13, 2016:
Ali Shakoor, Wayne State University grad student and championship fisherman
"Tracking Walleye in the Great Lakes"
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LEARN SOMETHING NEW.