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Dive into ocean discovery at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Explore our historic seaside village campus, home to the world's largest community of ocean scientists and engineers. Take a walking tour, visit our Ocean Science Discovery Center, browse the WHOI Store, check out our special events, or ask our knowledgeable staff a question about WHOI at our Visitor Center.

93 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543

Open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

15 School Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543

Starting April 15 open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Stop at the Visitor Center and Store to ask a question, pick up maps of Woods Hole Village, get information about research at WHOI, and learn about upcoming activities and events. You'll find a full array of WHOI shirts and hats, plus other ocean-themed mementos.

Immerse yourself in WHOI research through interactive exhibits on projects including kelp farming, the discovery and exploration of the Titanic, polar research, the ocean twilight zone, and more! Climb inside a replica of the Alvin sphere and touch the bite marks on SharkCam. There's something for everyone, including items at our store (and always available online).

Ocean Science Activities for School Vacation Week

Join Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for school vacation week! All events will be held at the WHOI Ocean Science Discovery Center, 15 School Street, Woods Hole, MA.


Scavenger Hunt

Enjoy a Woods Hole Scavenger Hunt all week long. There will be prizes given for anyone that turns in a completed passport to qualify for a prize. You can pick up your scavenger hunt instructions and passport at the WHOI Discovery Center, 15 School Street. You can turn in your completed passport either in person, by email (, or via mail (93 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543), by April 30, 2024.


Wild Kratts/Ocean Explorer Video

Explore the ocean and all of the amazing life it contains with the Kratts! (with an introduction by Lane Abrams, Alvin Team member).


Where the Weird Things Are Book Reading

oin Meso, an intrepid underwater robot, on its very first expedition to explore the ocean twilight zone, and meet all the weird, wild, and wonderful creatures that live there! After the book reading, we will walk over to the Redfield Wet Lab and see some “critters” with Rob Reynolds.


Splash Lab

A fun, hands-on opportunity for folks to learn about ocean science in an informal environment. Drop in and plan to spend 15 to 20 minutes doing ocean science activities and explore the Ocean Science Discovery Center.

Getting to WHOI

Get directions to WHOI's public facilities and maps of both campuses.

Learn more about Woods Hole and its scientific community.

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Understanding the ocean is crucial to informing wise decision-making and protecting this invaluable resource for generations to come.

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