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.
Northeast Fisheries Sciences Center (NEFSC)
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) is the nation’s original federal fisheries laboratory, established in 1871. Research helps to build sustainable marine fisheries and move to ecosystem-based fishery management. The organization also supports the recovery of endangered marine mammals, fish, and sea turtles. The lab conducts large-scale ocean and fishery monitoring. Its Woods Hole Science Aquarium is the nation’s oldest public aquarium.
Marine Biological Laboratory
The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.
Sea Education Association (SEA)
Since 1971, the Sea Education Association (SEA) has been a leader in marine education, developing an understanding of the ocean and its powerful role in nature. The SEA offers programs for college students, high school students, and teachers. Their mission 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 advancing knowledge of the ocean and its connection with the Earth system through a sustained commitment to excellence in science, engineering, and education, and to the application of this knowledge to problems facing society. WHOI is the largest non-profit oceanographic research facility in the world dedicated to ocean science. We are located in the village of Woods Hole, MA and have two campuses. The two buildings that are open to the public include our Ocean Science Discovery Center, located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, MA, and our Visitor Center and Store located at 93 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA.
WHOI Visitor Center
While in Woods Hole, drop by the WHOI Visitor Center and Store to pick up maps, brochures about the Institution, a copy of Oceanus magazine, or WHOI merchandise. Our staff and volunteers are ready to answer your questions and provide you with other resources about WHOI and the ocean. Summer walking tours are also available in July and August by reservation.
93 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
WHOI Ocean Science Discovery Center & Gift Shop
Explore WHOI’s ocean science research, engineering and discoveries through exhibits at the Discovery Center. Learn about the submersible Alvin, the discovery and exploration of the Titanic, the Ocean Twilight Zone, Hydrothermal vents and more! Please check here for the most up-to-date information. Visit our online store.
Woodwell Climate Research Center
Woodwell Climate 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