Discovery Center


New and innovative changes are being planned and implemented to engage more people in learning about the Great Lakes and freshwater resources. Those exciting plans include the Discovery Center, a bright, spacious education center with three new classrooms, a teacher resource center and a distance-learning studio.discoveryclassroomslarge

The Discovery Center will double our current classroom space, allowing Great Lakes Aquarium to grow its popular educational programming. Learn more here.

Great Lakes Aquarium has received $125,000 in gifts and challenge grants from the Minnesota Power Foundation to make this vision a reality. The Aquarium has met its $50,000 challenge for 2013 and 2014. Phase I of the project (demolition of the cafeteria) is complete.

The project costs are estimated to be $265,000. To date, $253,000 of that goal has been raised thanks to many generous donors. Funds are still needed to complete the project.

Click here to donate and help us bring Great Lakes learning experiences to our community.

Construction will begin in late 2014/early 2015.