Great Lakes Aquarium

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
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
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Explorers' Cove

Find the perfect souvenir, keepsake or memento from your visit to Great Lakes Aquarium. From t-shirts and sweatshirts for adults and children to unique aquatic and woodland stuffed animals to home decor with a Northwoods touch, we’ve got you covered.  We also offer snacks and beverages for hungry visitors and toys and games to keep… View More
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Global Connections

Have you ever stopped to think about how the Great Lakes and other local lakes and streams are linked to the world’s oceans? Global water resources are connected in one magnificent system, and the actions we take here in the Northland have a ripple effect.We are part of a global environment, and water quality issues… View More
contemporary artwork with a fish swimming among rocks below a person in a motorized boat

Merrill Lynch Fine Arts Gallery

This rotating gallery showcases local and regional artists whose work captures the spirit of the Lake Superior region. Interested in showing your work? Apply now. What’s next for the gallery? Check the schedule for the next upcoming opening reception! We Are WaterSeptember 13, 2023 to January 8, 2024Multimedia Paintings by Michelle Wegler and Cheryl LeClair… View More
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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
wide view of Amazon River exhibit gallery. Serval habitats are visible topped with a straw roof.

Amazing Amazon

In the Amazing Amazon exhibit you will come face to face with piranha, arowana, an electric eel, jungle frogs and more!
scuba diver feeding sturgeon in fish tank

Isle Royale

The 85,000-gallon Isle Royale exhibit contains fish found in the Great Lakes. This two-story exhibit is divided into three sections: The largest of the habitats features native Lake Superior fish that could be found swimming in colder, deeper waters such as trout, lake sturgeon, and burbot. Just around the corner is a warmer habitat where… View More
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Shipwrecks Alive!

Shipwrecks Alive! dives deeper into the fascinating world of sunken ships and the diverse wildlife they attract and sustain. This gallery focuses on three unique examples of shipwrecks, showcasing underwater habitat in three very different parts of the world: Lake Superior, the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean Sea. Exhibit Gallery Acknowledgements This project was funded in… View More