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Visitor Information

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Gusty winds and rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of visitors waiting to tour the R/V Knorr at the WHOI dock on August 7, 2011. More than 750 people came to the event, which included talks and a tour of the ship used to discover RMS Titanic and hydrothermal vents. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Welcome to WHOI

The worlds largest, private, non-profit oceanographic research facility studying all aspects of the ocean.

Things to do at WHOI

WHOI Information Office

Information Office

Pick up maps and brochures and get your questions answered.

Ocean Science Exhibit Center

Ocean Science Exhibit Center

Learn about the Institution's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research.

Summer Tours

Summer Walking Tours

During the summer months, volunteers guide visitors on tours through the WHOI dock area and other restricted village facilities. Reservations are required.

WHOI Gift Shop

WHOI Gift Shop

Find WHOI clothing, books, and gift items at WHOI's gift shop. Items also available online.


Public events

Public Events

WHOI holds events for the public that include talks by scientists and tours of ships and vehicles. Check here for more information.

Science Made Public

Science Made Public

During the months of July and August, enjoy weekly lectures from WHOI scientists, technicians, and students about what they do and why knowledge about the ocean matters.

Peanut Butter Club

Peanut Butter Club

Each Friday at noon in Redfield Auditorium, WHOI sponsors a free talk or video on a topical subject.


Event Calendar

Information on WHOI weekly seminars, Woods Hole community events, and other upcoming WHOI events.