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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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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