The Belle Isle Aquarium is back!

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By Jeffrey Buck

Well…we can all celebrate! The Belle Isle Aquarium is making her comeback after years of hard work and dedication from volunteers. The Belle Isle Aquarium and Conservatory turned 108 this past Saturday and was open to the public; a rare occurrence since being closed in 2005 by then mayor Kwame Kirkpatrick.

The newly formed Belle Isle Conservancy will open the aquarium to the public for no charge on the first Sunday of each month and the second and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The aquarium will be run by volunteers, some of whom have spent countless hours and hard work keeping her in pristine shape over the years.

Here are some quick facts about the aquarium:

  • The aquarium was designed by famed architect Albert Kahn
  • First opened to the public on August 18, 1904
  • When opened it was declared the finest building of its kind in the world
  • It was the oldest continuously operated fresh water aquarium in North America
  • The Friends of the Belle Isle Aquarium , now a part of the Belle Isle Conservancy, won two grants to repair the roof and windows

For more information on the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Belle Isle Conservancy please click here.


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