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Dive into ocean discovery at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Explore our historic seaside village campus that is home to the world's largest community of ocean scientists and engineers. Take a walking tour, visit our discovery center, browse the gift shop, and check out our events.

You could also consider supporting WHOI with a gift  or by making a purchase on SHOP WHOI. All proceeds go to ocean science!

Visitor Center

Open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Get started here. We offer tours, maps of Woods Hole Village, information about research at WHOI, and up-to-date schedules of lectures and events.

Discovery Center & Gift Shop

Open September & October, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed November to May

Immerse yourself in the research that happens here through interactive video, sound, and scale models of our ocean exploration vessels. Visit our gift shop or shop online.

Walking Tours

Weekdays at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
July & August

Guided tours of the WHOI dock area and other restricted village facilities.

meet a scientist/engineer

Ask a Scientist/Engineer

Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
July & August

Get your questions answered by ocean science and engineering experts.

Splash Lab

Wednesdays & Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
July & August

Hands-on science for kids of all ages.

Getting to WHOI

Directions & Maps

Get directions to the Institution and in depth maps of the campuses.

Local Information

Learn more about Woods Hole and its scientific community.


Contact the WHOI Visitor Center at (508) 289-2252 or or come visit us at 93 Water Street in Woods Hole.