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“A real disapointment”

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Woods Hole
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Owner description: Internationally renowned marine biology research center.
Rye, England
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44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A real disapointment”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is the first 'one star' review I have ever written, and it saddens me to do so. I have been aware of the work that WHOI do for many years. Probably brought to light when their team discovered the Titanic. It has been on my 'must visit' list for years, and I recently had the chance to do so. What a poor excuse for a museum! The setting, a converted chapel is very quaint, but it surely doesn't have nearly enough space to properly showcase all the work the organisation does. When you first enter there is a short film, followed by a 'mock up' of the cockpit of ALVIN. This was the best bit. from then on it wasn't nearly as informative as I would have liked. They have made so many discoveries over the years, that I'm certain they could display a lot more. I would have liked to see a lot more information on the technology used, along with what that tech has achieved! Perhaps live feeds from the ships too?

Anyway I shall continue to be informed and amazed by their discoveries, but won't be visiting again...

Visited November 2012
2 Thank Matthew_Wall
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Houston, Texas
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218 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Interesting and informational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

We enjoyed this little museum on the backstreets of Woods Hole. Admission is by donation. The film is great with music by Enya and narrated by Cousteau. You will learn all about the deep submersible, Alvin, and go inside a model.There was also an interesting display of the Titanic and a nice little gift shop at the end.

Visited October 2012
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West Henrietta, New York
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Interactive Displays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

The main buildings were closed but we went to the Museum and loved it, they show a video, the staff is very courteous, and there are interactive displays that are great for learning.

Visited July 2012
Thank Debbie R
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Sacramento, California
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559 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
“so much to read about!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Woods Hole is world renowned for its marine research and exploration. We visited the small museum at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, with its exhibits on the discovery of the Titanic, the use of underwater research subs and the history of their development and use. It takes a good 3-4 hours to read all the boards, and watch all the videos. Great stuff! We even spoke to a guide that has gone down in the research sub.

Visited October 2012
Thank Kip F
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Cool little boat trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

This was a coal attraction. I went aboard the little boat and got to explore all kinds of sea life. I got to touch the sea animals and even do some science experiments with them and see what they do. It was great and it wasn't really loud or crowded.

Visited June 2012
Thank Hannah P
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