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Marine Biological Laboratory

Address: 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543
Phone Number: +1 508-289-7423
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Ranked #7 of 10 Attractions in Woods Hole
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Owner description: The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. Learn more about the Marine Biological Laboratory by visiting the Pierce Exhibit Center at 100 Water Street open from April - October. The Center is named in memory of Robert W. Pierce, a former Trustee of the Laboratory who enjoyed sharing the MBL story with his many friends and colleagues. Public tours are available from late June - Labor Day Monday through Friday at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Reservations are suggested and can be made by visiting our website under the PUBLIC link. Off-season tours (September - early June) for school groups or other large types of groups are available. Reservations are required. Please call for more information.

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Old Saybrook, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Even if you don't have the time to take the full tour, the Marine Biological Laboratory has a few displays and a gift shop that helps support the facility.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is definitely not your average aquarium visit. For those of us that enjoy learning about marine life, sea creatures' contributions to our ecosystems, their anatomical oddities and gifts, how neuroscientists are learning from the oldest creatures in the world--then this is for you. The tour is educational and run by volunteers. They take you back stage to see their... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Didn't stay here long, but did go to one of their summer Friday Night Lectures, which are open to the public and aimed at a general audience. The auditorium was packed! Nice way to get some education into your vacation.

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Waterboro, Maine
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32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We learned a lot at this visit!! The introductory video was narrated by Jaques Cousteau, and included amazing underwater photography. It made much of the rest of the displays make more sense. Models of underwater searches for the Titanic were fascinating. Worth the visit!!

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Grapevine, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This institution has a long history of world class research. Their facilities include a large collection of sea animals available for researchers and an impressive library. The visitor center showcases some of the novel discoveries made. Small, but excellent.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

An historical tribute to the founder of MLB and highlights of current research being done here. This visit fulfilled the purpose of our trip. Not enough room to explain all aspects.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We were hoping to salvage our day after the disappointing NOAA aquarium but were disappointed to find that MBL and other facilities were closed without any advance notice on a day it was supposed to be open. The aquarium desk attendant called around to find out what was open for the people waiting at his desk, but no one answered... More

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Attended the free tour today and it was extremely fascinating to learn about the biological advances that can be made by studying sea creatures. For example, understanding clam egg cell division lead to many advances. Call and make a reservation for the tour. Our guide, Gloria, was enthusiastic as she held up and spoke about the horseshoe crab, and took... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I took a tour of the MBL in August of 2012 and it was great! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and kept the entire group (including children and adults) entertained the entire time. Following the tour, I went to the MBL's exhibit center and found it very interesting. The computer monitors about the Encyclopedia of Life were very worthwhile.... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

If you couldn't catch a tour, its not worth it. It only has 1 room open for visitors if you are not going for the tour. The tour was led by a retired volunteer who knows almost everything about the laboratory, They allow you to handle some of the animals they have, which is more interesting than aquariums. Everything is... More

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