H2O: Watersheds at Work

A direct view of the H2O exhibit gallery featuring a great lakes water table filled with plastic boat toys and the large blue wall with the H2O exhibit heading.

Now open!

Come explore the physical properties of water, methods to keep it clean, the ways water moves through a community, and how it connects us to the world.

The new water table, unveiled in 2021, celebrates everyone’s favorite features of the original water table and adds a variety of new and engaging hands-on opportunities to splash and play.

Behind the Build

Take a look at what is involved in building an exhibit at Great Lakes Aquarium.

Behind the Build: H2O

Behind the Build: Exhibit Design

Behind the Build: Partners

Behind the Build: Prototyping

Behind the Build: Demolition

Behind the Build: Building a Habitat

Behind the Build: Opening

Behind the Build: Evaluation


This project was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under Award NA20NOS4190088 provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

This project was funded in part by the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund in FY 2020/21. View the final project report.

Additional funding for this project comes from: Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD), Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Thomas and Carol Ann Morris Burns, Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, Pachel Foundation, Donald Weesner Foundation, K Goldfine, Harold and Ruth Frederick (in memory of Don Larson), Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Fund (FY20/21), and other generous donors.