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Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries

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Closed Now: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Small in Size But Great Place for Families

Admission is free but donations are welcomed and deserving so. This small exhibit contains two... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2018
Gold Beach, Oregon
aquarium of,the national marine fisheries

A small aquarium/research/rehabilitation facility is perfect to visit when you go to Woods Hole... read more

Reviewed June 9, 2017
Buffalo, New York
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The oldest aquarium in the U.S. emphasizes learning activities for children.
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166 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

If you can survive the driving and find a parking spot here, this is a pleasant short visit. Once inside, it is interesting to see the rear of the fish tanks as well as the front sides. That was certainly different. We liked that. Always...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

The seals are deceased but it's still worth the visit if in the area. Great aquarium with alot of fish to see

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jmestyle
Reviewed July 16, 2018

Admission is free but donations are welcomed and deserving so. This small exhibit contains two floors of sea life to observe. Lots of school groups there today but they enjoyed the exhibits with glee. Finding parking in this area is a challenge for all.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank tjwilson
Reviewed June 6, 2018

This place exceeded all of our expectations. It is free with a requested donation. The exhibits, although small, are very well taken care of and the staff does a great job engaging with all of the visitors. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the visit!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Tangletown
Reviewed May 24, 2018

Stopped in yesterday, catching a nice little aquarium and some excellent people caring for it. Allison was extremely generous in offering us great advice for finding "Wood's Hole" related items, directing us to the "Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Gift Shop"...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank imythyou
Reviewed December 29, 2017

Fantastic place to spend some time in Woods Hole and learn about the oceans. The exhibits are really nice and the touch tank is always a hit with the little ones

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Liza F
Reviewed June 9, 2017

A small aquarium/research/rehabilitation facility is perfect to visit when you go to Woods Hole, Mass. In the tiny downtown area, the 2 story building houses mostly Atlantic fish, and other sea creatures in interesting tank displays with good information. Models of sea turtles and the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Weeat4fun
Reviewed April 26, 2017

A really nice low key aquarium with lots of tanks full of different species of fish. Just enough to keep young children interested. Upstairs they have a touch tank which is a big hit with kids! It is free but nice to drop a donation...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank ShelSouthShore_MA
Reviewed April 1, 2017

We drove here for the grandchildren to see fish because the Aqarium in Boston was so busy on Sunday we didn't see half of the displays. This is nice, small aquarium to visit. You can even go to the 2nd floor to see down into...More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank CharleneF4
Reviewed February 19, 2017

Great fish to view, excellent displays and a fun visit to the second floor to touch some sea creatures and view the tanks from above.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Pam B
May 17, 2017|
Response from ShelSouthShore_MA | Reviewed this property |
HI it is a free exhibit, they do have a donation area if you wish!
Silver h
September 17, 2016|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
I believe the comments from Lou Y are correct. My sense is that this is more of a science and study center for the National Marine Fisheries than a aquarium build just for tourists. I still recommend you go, however its... More