Gallery: After a 16-Month Covid Lockdown, Detroit's Belle Isle Aquarium Reopens Next Week

July 08, 2021, 11:40 PM by  Michael Lucido


Something fishy is happening on Belle Isle, and that's a good thing.

The Belle Isle Aquarium, closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, reopens July 16. The aquarium was designed by Albert Kahn and opened in August 1904.

On Thursday, the Belle Isle Conservancy gave a preview to the media and Detroit teachers of $1.2 million in improvements during the 16-month closure that include upgrades on exhibits and infrastructure. 

Hours will be Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

                              Photos By Michael Lucido

Belle Isle Aqaurium staff has worked hard to get the Aquarium back up and running/ 
Local media and school teachers listen to remarks by Belle Isle Conservancy staff
Michele Hodges, president and CEO of the Belle Isle Conservancy
Dr. June Teisan, Education Specialist and School Programs Coordinator
Dr. Paul Shuert, curator of the Belle Isle Aquarium, officially cuts the ribbon to dedicate the reopening. 
Some improvements during the pandemic include ceiling and plaster repair to help restore the original 1904 design.
New and improved donation drop box, sure to excite the students on field trips
Other improvments made include tank upgrades inlcuding new glass and enhanced tankscaping
Along with tank upgrades came new species signage
Also, sposnorship plaques are now on display



















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