Originally opened on August 18, 1904, it is THE oldest aquariums in WORLD. The architect of this stunning creation was Albert Kahn, one of the most recognized figures to grace the city. He designed many renown building throughout Detroit. The exterior of the building is as fascinating as the interior is stunning.
Tanks line the walls, many filled with fish and other creatures of the sea, some used as exhibition displays for local artists and companies. [a great idea] Other tanks hold key pieces of Belle Isle history, including the blueprint for the aquarium and some sketches and history of the Frederick Meiijer-designed sculptures that are found throughout the Detroit Metro area, including Belle Isle.
The Belle Isle Aquarium is opened on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.