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Marine Biological Laboratory

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7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
+1 508-289-7423
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MISERABLE OCTOPUS HELD CAPTIVE

I love woods hole and the research being done. I don’t love seeing perfectly healthy, intelligent... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jennifer S
Day trip

This is a very small place, but has some interesting things and a small gift shop. We learned some... read more

Reviewed January 8, 2018
mls445
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Cohasset, Massachusetts
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The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. Learn more about the Marine Biological Laboratory by visiting the Pierce Exhibit Center at 100 Water Street open from April - October. Free public tours are available M-F in July and August at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Reservations are required. Visit mbl.edu/tours to register.
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7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love woods hole and the research being done. I don’t love seeing perfectly healthy, intelligent animals being held captive. The poor female octopus in the gift shop spends her days banging her head into the corner of her small fish tank she sadly calls...More

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Gina H, Public Relations Manager at Marine Biological Laboratory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Marine Biological Laboratory on your recent trip to Woods Hole and thank you for your concern about the welfare of the octopus located in our Exhibit Center. The health of the animals in our care is of utmost concern to...More

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Reviewed January 8, 2018

This is a very small place, but has some interesting things and a small gift shop. We learned some things, but small children not very interested. It is worth a visit because it doesn't take long.

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Reviewed September 11, 2017

I had signed up in advance for one of their twice a day limited space tours. It starts in the visitor center & moves across the street to the holding tanks where we saw horseshoe crabs and starfish. The two children on the tour were...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2017 via mobile

Great little piece of history at the laboratory and so many scientific discoveries have taken place there. Amazing lab for biology students to spend a summer researching marine biology.

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Reviewed July 19, 2017

We walked all around and through this building. We (even the kids ages 9-16) enjoyed the FREE exhibit on photos through the microscope very much, though it was limited to one wall (4*, but reduced to 2* do to poor tour info) It was well...More

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Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We went to MBL on a Friday, so the tour was free. If we had paid for this, we would have wanted our money back. The tour guide, Joe, started the tour with, I'll be cutting this tour short because I have another one right...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2016

Spent the evening there on Friday. Saw the rare books on display. Saw two Nobel certificates, and held T.H. Morgan's Nobel medal, then attended the Friday evening lecture with my favourite novice scientist. What could be better. Oh yeah, stopped off at the Captain Kidd...More

2  Thank Gregory K
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Reviewed July 30, 2016

It's always wonderful to be back and see the historic MBL. Things have changed yet stay the same. The setting is ideal. The MRC often gives tours. Stop by and ask. Just walking around the eel pond is fun for me.

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Reviewed October 28, 2015

If you like science you would love it. If you don't like - after the visit you would start to be passionate about it. If you have kids - go there and let them enjoy meeting amazing marine creature and knowledgeable people-in-love with these charming...More

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Reviewed October 26, 2015

The first US Fisheries agency was headquartered in Woods Hole. Its successor, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration still maintains a large presence in Woods Hole with it National Marine Fisheries Commission. In the 1880s, scientists from the US Fisheries formed a partner organization called...More

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