Key Exhibit Feature: Space for Movement

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.

H2O: Watersheds at Work

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… View More
image of full waterwall that has symbols etched into it

Water Wall (Lobby)

Welcome to Great Lakes Aquarium! As you enter, you’ll be greeted by a wall of cascading water and the face of a giant eelpout staring down from above. Book an event at the Aquarium and this space could be your dance floor!
A mother standing close to and guiding three excited children as they touch sturgeon with two fingers in a pool of water. A male Aquarium staff member is standing nearby and smiling encouragingly.

Unsalted Seas

Unsalted Seas showcases large lakes of the world, the animals that call them home, and their importance as a global freshwater resource. It features the largest sturgeon touchpool in North America. A panoramic exhibit of diverse and colorful cichlids tells the story of remarkable adaptability in the waters of Africa’s Lake Malawi. Children and adults… View More
entrance to play area with boat and tree house

Freshwater Forest

Freshwater Forest invites explorers of all ages to discover and enjoy YOUR National Forests. Discover connections between human history, aquatic habitat, and forest management within the Superior and Chippewa National Forests. This exhibit features the Aquarium’s iconic treehouse, slide, and fishing boat playspace. Looking for ways to get out and explore? Visit Discover the Forest… View More
river otter laying down peers over rock ledge

Otter Cove

Otter Cove is modeled after the real life Otter Cove on the eastern shore of Lake Superior in Canada’s Pukaskwa Provincial Park. Here at the Aquarium, Otter Cove is home to two North American river otters named Agate and Ore. During your visit, you may see these playful otters belly flopping off the rocks, swimming,… View More