Woods Hole is home to world renowned scientific institutions and other educational establishments. Discover the sea, and more, in new and different ways while you’re here.
Discover Science in Woods Hole Walking Tour
Ever wondered why Woods Hole became a mecca for science, or how the discovery of the Titanic happened here? All your questions about the history of science in Woods Hole answered in a delightful new walking tour developed by the Woods Hole Historical Museum. Walking through the streets of historic Woods Hole village, this tour touches on the highlights of science of all the institutions in Woods Hole, and is sponsored by the Woods Hole Business Association.
Tours take place Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 – 11 a.m leaving from the Woods Hole Historical Museum starting July 5, 579 Woods Hole Road in Woods Hole, MA. Arrive early for tickets, no later than 9.45. No reservations are taken. Admission is $5 per person, or free to patrons of the Woods Hole Business Association.
This one-hour guided walk around the village features an insider’s view of what is really going on now (and in the past) within WHOI, MBL, the Fisheries, and more. Participants will learn about the institutions’ roles in saving the environment, finding the Titanic, marine biology discoveries, and shark research. The walking tour starts at the Museum, offers access to the touch tanks at the Buzzards Bay Coalition, views of the docks and research facilities, and ends at the Aquarium just in time for the seal feeding at 11 am.
Tours operate July 5 to August 26. If there is sufficient demand, more tours will be added next summer. For further information visit woodsholemuseum.org.
Woods Hole Historical Museum
Buzzards Bay Coalition
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Buzzards Bay Discovery Center is an interactive exhibit center with a touch tank and tons of information on how to enjoy and protect Buzzards Bay. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bridge to Discovery
M,W,F at 10:30 a.m.
Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for Bridge to Discovery, a free, hands-on program for families with young children looking to discover Buzzards Bay. We’ll start with a Bay-themed story and craft, meet Bay creatures from our touch tank, and learn about how to explore the Bay with the whole family.
Su,T,Th,Sa at 10:30 a.m.
How well do you know the critters in our bay? Come visit the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center during our Creature Feature program to get to know specific animals a little better. In this hands-on program we discuss a new organism each week; getting up close and personal with some individuals of the species as we learn about where you can find them in the bay, how they lives, and what ways they are impacted by pollution. This is a great way for visitors of all ages to meet Bay creatures first hand and learn about the important natural environment of Buzzards Bay.
Touch Tank Feeding
M,Tu,Th,Sa at 2:00 p.m.
Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for the touch tank feeding at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center. Learn about the variety of animals living in Buzzards Bay and help feed the live animals in the touch tank. Visitors of all ages will have hands-on fun encountering the animals in the tank while learning how to make a difference in Buzzards Bay.
What's in the Bay Today
Su,W,F at 2:00 p.m.
Join us for ‘What’s in the Bay Today?’ at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center. Learn about the variety of animals living in Buzzards Bay and observe what animals are in the bay right in Woods Hole. Visitors of all ages will have fun discovering the animals hands-on while learning how to make a difference in keeping Buzzards Bay healthy for all of us to enjoy.
Northeast Fisheries Sciences Center (NEFSC)
This is the nation's original federal fisheries laboratory, established here in 1871. Research supports efforts to build sustainable marine fisheries, move to ecosystem-based fishery management, and to recover endangered marine mammals, fish, and sea turtles. The lab also conducts large-scale ocean and fishery monitoring. Its Woods Hole Science Aquarium is the nation's oldest public aquarium, open to visitors year round Tuesday-Saturday.
Marine Biological Laboratory
The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas.
Sea Education Association (SEA)
Since 1971, Sea Education Association (SEA) has been a leader in marine education developing an understanding of the ocean and of its powerful role. SEA offers programs for college students, high school students, and teachers.The idea is to give students the opportunity to study the ocean from a multitude of academic perspectives and to do it from the platform of a traditional sailing vessel. The SEA sailing vessels – 134 foot brigantines - operate year-round. The SSV Corwith Cramer sails the waters of the North Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, while the SSV Robert C. Seamans sails the waters of the Northern and Tropical Pacific.
171 Woods Hole Road
P.O. Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 540-3954, fax 508-457-4673
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.
WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center & Gift Shop
Discover the world of ocean science. Featured exhibits include the submersible Alvin, disccvery and exploration of the Titanic, whale and dolphin research, and many videos and interactive exhibits. Summer hours: May - October, 10 am - 4:30 pm. Off season hours vary. Visit our online store.
Woods Hole Research Center
Woods Hole Research Center is an independent research institute where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the world.
Gilman Ordway Campus
149 Woods Hole Road
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 548-9900, fax (508) 540-9700
Zephyr Education Foundation, Inc.
Zephyr Education Foundation hosts middle, high school and college class field trips in Woods Hole. Our Ocean Science and Technology Program for school classes includes a hands-on scientific cruise on Vineyard Sound and a session in a specimen tank room at one of the research labs.