Group Visits


Woods Hole is home to several ocean-related research institutions, among them are the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Each year, thousands of students and special interest groups come to Woods Hole to learn first-hand about the ongoing work in this hub of marine research.

The WHOI Exhibit Center provides a window into the research conducted at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. We will help groups of 10 or more arrange a visit to the Center and provide information packets and maps in advance of your visit. We can also make suggestions on how to coordinate your visit to the Exhibit Center with trips to other Woods Hole-based research institutions.

Presentations at the Exhibit Center

Groups visiting the WHOI Exhibit Center can enhance their visit with a presentation by a WHOI docent. Group presentations orient visitors to what they will see and learn about in the Exhibit Center and provide an overview of the work conducted at WHOI, from marine biology to ocean engineering.

Presentations run approximately 20 minutes and are highly recommended for visiting groups. After the presentation, the WHOI docent will be available to answer questions as your group views the exhibits in the Exhibit Center.


It is highly recommended that reservations for group visits are made as far in advance as possible, as space is limited. To begin planning your group visit to Woods Hole, contact:

WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center
15 School Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 289-2663 or email