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Marine Biological Laboratory

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Fun way to spend an hour - tour of MBL

I had signed up in advance for one of their twice a day limited space tours. It starts in the... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
It's great if you can get a tour with some history

It's always wonderful to be back and see the historic MBL. Things have changed yet stay the same... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2016
Donald S
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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...more
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7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

The idea of having working spaces within the MBL during summer for people coming from other parts of the countries or the world is very smart. Facilities are great

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Manuela C
GinaH1834, Public Relations Manager at Marine Biological Laboratory, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thank you Manuela!

Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Woods Hole and it’s institutions line the Main Street of the village. For some inkling of what goes on there visit the WHOI visitors center on School St, it’s in an old white church building. Also the fisheries’ aquarium at the other end of Main...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

I love woods hole and the research being done. I don’t love seeing perfectly healthy, intelligent animals being held captive. The poor female octopus in the gift shop spends her days banging her head into the corner of her small fish tank she sadly calls...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jennifer S
Gina H, Public Relations Manager at Marine Biological Laboratory, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

Thank you for visiting the Marine Biological Laboratory on your recent trip to Woods Hole and thank you for your concern about the welfare of the octopus located in our Exhibit Center. The health of the animals in our care is of utmost concern to...More

Reviewed 8 January 2018

This is a very small place, but has some interesting things and a small gift shop. We learned some things, but small children not very interested. It is worth a visit because it doesn't take long.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

I had signed up in advance for one of their twice a day limited space tours. It starts in the visitor center & moves across the street to the holding tanks where we saw horseshoe crabs and starfish. The two children on the tour were...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Great little piece of history at the laboratory and so many scientific discoveries have taken place there. Amazing lab for biology students to spend a summer researching marine biology.

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank cathym612
Reviewed 19 July 2017

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

Date of experience: July 2017
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

Date of experience: August 2016
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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

Date of experience: July 2016
2  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.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Donald S
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