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Ocean Science Discovery Center & Store

Visitors to the Ocean Science Discovery Center will learn about the Institution's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research.

Exhibits -

  • 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
  • Learn about whale and dolphin research and listen to actual recordings of marine mammals
  • Learn about toxic algae such as red tide
  • Learn about the Ocean Twilight Zone, a place where the largest migration on Earth happens daily.
  • See the REMUS SharkCam and learn how it can track and video tape the great white shark.


  • School Group Visits
    To make a reservation for a school group visit, please email Megan Harrigan at
    Groups visiting the WHOI Ocean Science Discovery 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 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. 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 Discovery Center
    15 School Street
    Woods Hole, MA 02543
    (508) 289-2663 or email
  • Know Your Ocean science chats
    Postponed for the immediate future. During July and August, the Discovery Center and Information Office sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers. Designed for a lay audience, this series is a great opportunity to learn more about WHOI science.  Everyone is welcome to attend. All talks are held in the Discovery Center Auditorium. For more information or if you are interested in giving a talk, contact Kathy Patterson, (508) 289-2700.
    » Learn more about the “Know Your Ocean” Science Chats
  • Workshops for Educators
    Currently conducted virtually. In partnership with Woods Hole Sea Grant, teacher professional development workshops are hosted twice each year at the Ocean Science Discovery Center.  Teachers from across the region gain first-hand access to scientists at workshops.Contact: Grace Simpkins, (508) 289-3639 or
  • Splash Lab – Postponed for the immediate future.
    Hands-on activities for all ages. No reservations necessary, but come ready to have fun and to learn about the ocean that sustains us all.


Gift Shop

The WHOI Gift Shop carries a large assortment of quality merchandise including hats, shirts, sweatshirts, books, educational toys and jewelry. All proceeds from sales of merchandise help support WHOI's research, education, and outreach activities. Stop by the Gift Shop or visit us online.