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“Closed on day of visit with no warning”

Marine Biological Laboratory
Ranked #8 of 12 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Closed on day of visit with no warning”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

We were hoping to salvage our day after the disappointing NOAA aquarium but were disappointed to find that MBL and other facilities were closed without any advance notice on a day it was supposed to be open. The aquarium desk attendant called around to find out what was open for the people waiting at his desk, but no one answered his calls from the other attractions, so we never found out why nothing was open. Perhaps the Woods Hole Chamber of Commerce could get a little better communication going among these folks, as this is the reason why people drive all the way down there.

Visited September 2012
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New York City
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Well worth it to reserve a space on a free tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

Attended the free tour today and it was extremely fascinating to learn about the biological advances that can be made by studying sea creatures. For example, understanding clam egg cell division lead to many advances. Call and make a reservation for the tour. Our guide, Gloria, was enthusiastic as she held up and spoke about the horseshoe crab, and took us around some of the tanks with the lab animals. She also took us through the library and a bit around the campus. She encouraged us to come back and do another tour since each guide will do it slightly differently.

Visited August 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
“Don't Miss the MBL”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2012
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Make sure you catch a tour!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2012
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cape cod
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43 reviews
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“One of the main reasons we moved here”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited May 2012
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