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We energize curiosity about aquatic life and the environment to inspire positive action.


We energize curiosity about aquatic life and the environment to inspire positive action.

Powerhouse History

Greater Cleveland Aquarium occupies the ground floor of historic powerhouse that once generated electricity for streetcars. Architect John N. Richardson designed the brick structure in the Romanesque revival style and the National Historic Landmark is still known for its stylish arched windows. As the automobile’s popularity grew, the need for the powerhouse waned and the building closed its doors in 1920.

In the 1990s and 2000s, the structure was revitalized, playing home to comedy clubs, restaurants and even a few retailers. A large portion of its space was again reimagined when New Zealand-based Marinescape NZ Ltd. chose Cleveland as its first North American project. Greater Cleveland Aquarium opened to the public in 2012 and its distressed brick walls, exposed ductwork and reimagined coal chutes and chimneys juxtapose Northeast Ohio industrial history with immersive habitat theming and a strong conservation message.

In addition to an array of family-friendly events and educational opportunities, Greater Cleveland Aquarium is known for its child’s eye-level exhibits, 360-degree views and immersive theming. Guests are also excited about the attraction’s daily calendar of interactive programming, two touchpools and 175-foot shark seatube. The Aquarium’s seven galleries are home to 1,400+ animals representing 250 fresh and saltwater species.

Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. is the owner/developer of the Nautica Waterfront District on the Flats West Bank, a memory-making destination that includes Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Windows on the River, Lady Caroline and Jacobs Pavilion.

General Manager

Brenton Maille, Director, Life Support Systems & Operations

James Pulley, Director, Guest Experience

Erin Carpenter, Director, Education & Interpretation

Samantha Fryberger, Director, Marketing / 216.862.8803 x 7716