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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Address: Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543
Phone Number: 508-289-2252
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Description: Internationally renowned marine biology research center.

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Very interesting exhibits

Well presented exhibits on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and their programs. Highlights include Alvin research vessel & Titanic ship discovery, Great White shark... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Clearwater, Florida
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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Well presented exhibits on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and their programs. Highlights include Alvin research vessel & Titanic ship discovery, Great White shark research video. The remote camera video of sharks trying to eat the ROV, which in on display, are fantastic. There is also a short general oceanography video. Nominal donations are suggested.

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Star, Idaho
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The ocean science exhibits are interesting and if your interests are in marine, biomedical or environmental sciences this is a great place. The village around this place has some nice shops and restaurants too. We had a beautiful and sunny day to walk along the water and enjoy the fresh ocean air.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I haven't missed an annual trip to the "Aquarium" for over four decades. Even though the exhibits never change, there's something about constancy that provides a calming effect. And the seals are the highlight for my grandkids.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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117 reviews 117 reviews
42 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a great small place to spend the afternoon with kids. The interactive exhibits we interesting and entertaining. It even offered some interesting exhibits for the adults interested in science. They allowed us to watch them feed the dolphins even though the museum had officially closed at that point. If you have time while in Woods Hole, this place... More 

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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89 reviews 89 reviews
41 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Videos -- discovery of the Titanic, whales, Alvin and other vessels. Their checklist: ◾Learn about the Institution's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research ◾Explore our interactive exhibit on the discovery and exploration of the Titanic ◾Step inside a full-size model of the inner sphere of Alvin and... More 

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265 reviews 265 reviews
74 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

There is absolutely nothing to see here. All the buildings close to the public after Labor Day. A few of the restaurants are open, but not many. The Aquarium makes its own schedule, when open or not. What they call the museum is 4 rooms in an old building at the other end of town. The only good thing is... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This was a small hidden gem in Woods Hole. It's more like a science museum than anything else. There's an exhibit on Alvin, the deep-sea submarine that explored the Titanic, and marine life, and the Arctic and Antarctic. Lots to touch, learn, and explore

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

They ask for a donation, we only had my change purse so my son had fun emptying that all in. It was a small space but they did pack it full of fish and other creatures! Our two year old loved it and we will be back but don't plan on this being a whole day event! Get there in... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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215 reviews 215 reviews
62 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The Alvin was a fun thing to see and the crushed Styrofoam cup was a great way to illustrate sea pressure. But the parking is horrible (two spots on a side street and meters on the main drag a few blocks away) and you are essentially on your own here. A lot of the exhibits were very dated and reminded... More 

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Ocean, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

I've heard of this place all my life and finally got there--only to find it closed at 4:00 (one of 3 buildings closed at 3:00) and it was already 2:30. Not visitor-friendly! Many exhibits could use updating, clarification, and some effort to engage visitors. I value what WHOI is doing--I just wish it valued me back.

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