Ocean Science Exhibit Center: Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.
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The Ocean Science Exhibit Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution houses exhibits of the Institution's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research.
Visitors will also find WHOI merchandise in the Gift Shop located in the Ocean Science Exhibit Center.
Short videos provide an introduction to WHOI, show a day in the life of the deep submersible Alvin, and highlight the discovery and exploration of the wreck of the Titanic. Step inside a full-size model of the inner sphere of Alvin and imagine life at the ocean floor while watching vivid footage taken at deep-sea hydrothermal vent sites. Other exhibits and videos feature the life forms and natural processes of the deep sea.
Each year, more than 4,500 grade school students visit the center. Volunteers are available to provide short, informative presentations.
We will help groups of 10 or more arrange a visit to the Center and provide information packets and maps in advance of your visit. We also ask that groups of 10 or more people call for a reservation at (508) 289-2663.
Workshops for Educators
Twice each year, teachers from across the region gain first-hand access to scientists at workshops at the Ocean Science Exhibit Center
Summer Walking Tours
During the summer months, knowledgeable WHOI volunteers guide visitors on free walking tours through the WHOI dock area and other restricted village facilities.
Launched from the WHOI Information Office at 93 Water Street in the center of Woods Hole village, the tours take approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and provide excellent background on the research conducted at WHOI and on the history of the Institution. Tours run in July and August, Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Please contact the Information Office for a reservation as space is limited. Telephone (508) 289-2252
The Ocean Science Exhibit Center is closed Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The schedule varies on other holidays and during school vacation weeks. Please call in advance (508) 289-2663 or (508) 289-2700.
January - March: Not open to the public
April: By appointment for groupsMay - October: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 4:30 pm
November & December: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Suggested donation of $2 per person for those 10 years of age and older.
15 School Street, MS#45, Woods Hole, MA, 02543 map
Phone: (508) 289-2663
Driving Directions from Boston, Massachusetts
Take Route 3 south; follow signs for Cape Cod. Cross the Sagamore Bridge, take the first exit off Route 6, and follow signs for Falmouth and Route 28. Travel south along the Cape Cod Canal until you reach the rotary at the base of the Bourne Bridge. Three quarters of the way around the rotary, bear right and continue south on Route 28.
At the second rotary on Route 28, travel halfway around, bearing right to continue south to the town of Falmouth. Bear right at the gas station onto Woods Hole Road. Travel two and one-half (2.5) miles to WHOI’s Quissett campus (on the left), or four (4) miles to WHOI’s facilities in the village of Woods Hole. Please note that parking is extremely limited in the village, especially in summer.
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