GALLERY: A Brief Tour of the Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit

The Belle Isle Aquarium exterior (Wikipedia)

The Belle Isle Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. Designed by noted architects George D. Mason and Albert Kahn, it opened on August 18, 1904, and was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in North America when it closed on April 3, 2005. The aquarium reopened to the public on August 18, 2012, and is now run entirely by volunteers. The 10,000-square-foot historic building features a single large gallery with an arched ceiling covered in green glass tile to evoke an underwater feeling. 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.


The Belle Isle Aquarium is located at 900 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit, MI 48207. Free admission and parking for all. For more information, call (313) 402-0466 or visit