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Marine Biological Laboratory

#10 of 13 things to do in Woods Hole Features Animals
7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543
+1 508-289-7423
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There was a tour??

We walked all around and through this building. We (even the kids ages 9-16) enjoyed the FREE... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Worst Tour

We went to MBL on a Friday, so the tour was free. If we had paid for this, we would have wanted our... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Nashua, New Hampshire
via mobile
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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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7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543
+1 508-289-7423
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked all around and through this building. We (even the kids ages 9-16) enjoyed the FREE exhibit on photos through the microscope very much, though it was limited to one wall (4*, but reduced to 2* do to poor tour info) It was well...More

Thank KMc4528
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We went to MBL on a Friday, so the tour was free. If we had paid for this, we would have wanted our money back. The tour guide, Joe, started the tour with, I'll be cutting this tour short because I have another one right...More

1  Thank corsha1
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Spent the evening there on Friday. Saw the rare books on display. Saw two Nobel certificates, and held T.H. Morgan's Nobel medal, then attended the Friday evening lecture with my favourite novice scientist. What could be better. Oh yeah, stopped off at the Captain Kidd...More

1  Thank Gregory K
Reviewed 30 July 2016

It's always wonderful to be back and see the historic MBL. Things have changed yet stay the same. The setting is ideal. The MRC often gives tours. Stop by and ask. Just walking around the eel pond is fun for me.

Thank DonCapeMayBeach
Reviewed 29 October 2015

If you like science you would love it. If you don't like - after the visit you would start to be passionate about it. If you have kids - go there and let them enjoy meeting amazing marine creature and knowledgeable people-in-love with these charming...More

Thank irina302015
Reviewed 26 October 2015

The first US Fisheries agency was headquartered in Woods Hole. Its successor, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration still maintains a large presence in Woods Hole with it National Marine Fisheries Commission. In the 1880s, scientists from the US Fisheries formed a partner organization called...More

2  Thank NickersonFamily
Reviewed 2 October 2015

Free on weekdays! If you are a hobbyist this is a must see. I enjoyed viewing so many of the adult specimens found off our waters.

2  Thank Israel G
Reviewed 16 August 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.

3  Thank 31enidh13
Reviewed 2 August 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.

2  Thank 48_wks_on_the_rd
Reviewed 16 July 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.

Thank 50andi
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