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Marine Biological Laboratory
Ranked #9 of 13 things to do in Woods Hole
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 15 August 2012

I took a tour of the MBL in August of 2012 and it was great! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and kept the entire group (including children and adults) entertained the entire time. Following the tour, I went to the MBL's exhibit center and found it very interesting. The computer monitors about the Encyclopedia of Life were very worthwhile. There were also aquariums with species not seen on the tour.

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Reviewed 9 July 2012

If you couldn't catch a tour, its not worth it. It only has 1 room open for visitors if you are not going for the tour. The tour was led by a retired volunteer who knows almost everything about the laboratory, They allow you to handle some of the animals they have, which is more interesting than aquariums. Everything is free and educational.

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Reviewed 17 June 2012

Rob worked for the MBL for 7 summers through high school and college and developed his love for the sea and its creatures.

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Reviewed 8 June 2012

The place is closed for the SEASON for renovations. It would have made better sense to prepare for summer visitors.

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David G, Public Relations Manager at Marine Biological Laboratory, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2012

Sorry to here that you caught us during renovations. You must have just missed us as we are now open for visitors! I hope you have the chance to come back to see some of the changes we've made. Also, our tour program starts June 25, with tours of the MBL at 1pm and 3pm each weekday.

We have completely updating the MBL's Robert W. Pierce Exhibit Center. New exhibits tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences. Live animals, stunning underwater video footage, a hands-on microscope, and an interactive squid display are all part of the visitor experience. We invite you to explore the Pierce Exhibit Center and learn more about the MBL and the natural world around you.

Our hours of operations are:
June: 11 AM-4 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri., Sat.)
July-August: 10 AM-4:30 PM (Mon.-Sat.)
September: 11 AM - 4 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri.)
October: 11 AM - 4 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri.)
Closed November - April (Open by appointment)

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