The pump room
The office at the aquarium
The aquarium's boiler room
The aquarium and the conservatory under construction
The interior of the aquarium in 1958, with the modernized tanks.
An aquarium employee gives a lake sturgeon a scrubdown sometime around 1920.
Belle Isle employees hoist a giant turtle out of its tank. This is likely Big Pete, which was sold during the Depression for meat because the aquarium could no longer afford to take care of him
The aquarium around 1958
The entrance to the aquarium
The Belle Isle Aquarium in 1955
The Belle Isle Aquarium in 1979.
This incredible piece above the main entrance features the city seal
Piranha hang out in 1972
The aquarium in 1979
The aquarium's attendance struggled in the 1970s as Detroit's population shrank.