Exhibits & Activities



  • Learn about the Institution's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research
  • Explore our interactive exhibit on the discovery and exploration of the Titanic
  • Step inside a full-size model of the inner sphere of Alvin and learn about the pressure at the sea floor
  • Learn about whale and dolphin research and listen to actual recordings of marine mammals
  • Explore life at hydrothermal vents and other life in the oceans
  • Learn about toxic algae such as red tide
  • See a sediment core from the ocean floor and learn how it can help us understand climate change


  • School Group Visits
    Each year, more than 4,500 grade school students visit our center
  • Group Presentations
    Volunteers provide short, informative presentations for organizations or schools
  • 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 Public Lecture Series
    WHOI scientists and graduate students present their research for the public
  • Gift Shop
    Visit the WHOI Gift Shop for a wide range of marine-related gifts, books, and clothing, or shop online