September 20, 2016

20 Vintage Photos of Cleveland's First Aquarium

Before the Greater Cleveland Aquarium opened in the Flats in 2012, there was the Cleveland Aquarium. The latter opened February 6, 1954, and was located in Gordon Park. It closed to the public in June 1985 (due to structural and budget problems), with some exhibits moved to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Photos courtesy of Cleveland Memory Project

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Aquarist feeds electric eel at Cleveland Aquarium
Aquarist feeds electric eel at Cleveland Aquarium
Children view tanks at Cleveland Aquarium
Children view tanks at Cleveland Aquarium
City officials hold architect's rendering of Cleveland Aquarium, 1965
City officials hold architect's rendering of Cleveland Aquarium, 1965
Cleveland Aquarium under construction, 1966
Cleveland Aquarium under construction, 1966
Completed 6,500 gallon tanks at Cleveland Aquarium, 1966
Completed 6,500 gallon tanks at Cleveland Aquarium, 1966
Corridor under construction at Cleveland Aquarium, 1966
Corridor under construction at Cleveland Aquarium, 1966
Crowds at Cleveland Aquarium
Crowds at Cleveland Aquarium
Dennis Goulden of Montage filming Cleveland Aquarium staff as they capture sea creatures from the Florida Keys for exhibit, 1974
Dennis Goulden of Montage filming Cleveland Aquarium staff as they capture sea creatures from the Florida Keys for exhibit, 1974
Director Daniel Moreno at Cleveland Aquarium construction site, 1966
Director Daniel Moreno at Cleveland Aquarium construction site, 1966
Electric eel demonstration at Cleveland Aquarium
Electric eel demonstration at Cleveland Aquarium