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Marine Biological Laboratory

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Address: 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543
Phone Number: +1 508-289-7423
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Description: The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific...
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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Our docent-led tour of MBL was very interesting. I enjoyed entering the lab containing tanks of sea creatures used for study. In the library we saw scientists at work. This was an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Our docent-led tour of MBL was very interesting. I enjoyed entering the lab containing tanks of sea creatures used for study. In the library we saw scientists at work. This was an hour very well spent.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We had a good time walking around and learning the history. A fun, but not execellent app that helps you get around and learn. Nice people who were willing to answer questions. Aquarium was fun too.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Just stopped in to meet our son but heard they are doing excellent and exciting work there. They participated in the July 4th parade with great costumes.

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Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

With some of the best research in the world going on here, you feel honored to be able to get a tour. Be sure to ask to see the Marine Resource Center and ask about all the Noble Prizes won by researchers there!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Free tours give an excellent glimpse into the oldest marine research facility in the world. Dedicated volunteers make the 1 hour tour enjoyable and most informative.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I suppose the little drawbridge is cute and effective. I didn't realize it was a site to seek out. Try and spend a moment or two on or near the bridge as you walk the area around the Steamship Authority. It's nice, but not something to write home about.

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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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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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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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