Belle Isle Aquarium


Designed by Albert Kahn, the Belle Isle Aquarium has a Beaux Art-style entrance that is decorated with an ornate arch incorporating two spitting dolphins and the emblem of Detroit. The Aquarium's interior features rare, green opaline glass tiles lining its vaulted ceiling. Kahn’s original design was to display the fish-like art hanging on the wall in a gallery. In 1954, the aquarium underwent major renovations including structural repairs and updates in lighting and water filtration systems. The original wood and glue tanks were replaced with concrete tanks and three-floor pool exhibits were removed. When the Belle Isle Aquarium opened it was the third-largest Aquarium in the world with salt water being shipped directly in from the ocean. Today, it is home to a unique collection of fish. With one of the largest collections of air-breathing fish in the world, they house the only known collection of all 7 species of gar in North America. Walking through the aquarium, you will travel all over the globe exploring the Great Lakes and Waters of the world. From Africa to South American from rocky shores to sandy depths all different environments are on display.


  • Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Map to Belle Isle Aquarium

Belle Isle State Park, 3 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

phone 313-331-7760 Visit Website

Detroit Metro Airport: 24 Miles

Downtown Detroit: 5 Miles

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