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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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Great Way to Spend an Hour - If you can find parking

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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34 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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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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71 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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91 helpful votes 91 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Cholsey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We came a long way to visit here, somewhere I had wanted to visit since the 60's. Maybe October was a bit late and not everything was open but while the museum was interesting, the submersible attacked by great white was cool, especially for a diver!!! The rest was OK. Seen the Titanic stuff before. I had hoped to see... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Worth the visit just to sit in "Alvin". Lots of interesting information on undersea manned and unmanned vehicles. Don't miss it if you're in Weeds Hole.

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