For two generations, the human-occupied submersible Alvin has helped scientists expand human knowledge of the ocean and inspired countless to learn more about the ocean. This year, Alvin turns 50, and we want you to help us celebrate all summer long. Upcoming events »Celebrate Milestones Meet Alvin
Special events and activities will help you celebrate Alvin’s golden anniversary and learn more about deep-ocean exploration.
Coloring pages, puzzles, and more help introduce your future ocean scientists to the world of Alvin and the deep sea.Find out more
Artists of all ages are invited to submit original art that celebrates Alvin’s 50th and the sub's most memorable discoveries.View Gallery
A special edition Oceanus magazine commemorates Alvin’s 50th, its discoveries, and the future of deep-sea research. Available soon in print.
Throughout the summer WHOI's Ocean Science Exhibit Center will host a series of activities to celebrate Alvin’s 50th and its many accomplishments.
Download photos of Alvin and its discoveries from the past 50 years for your desktop or mobile device.View photos
Alvin is the nation's only human-occupied deep-sea research submersible. It is owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the national oceanographic community and was commissioned in 1964. Since then, Alvin has made more than 4,900 dives and has enabled dozens of new discoveries and countless insights into the way the ocean and our planet work.