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Marine Biological Laboratory
Ranked #8 of 13 things to do in Woods Hole
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
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.

Date of experience: August 2017
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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 totally fascinated by all this and even the adults were having fun. We went outside to see the striped bass swimming around in the pond at the rear of the lab. We then went to the library which was ok but nothing special. Good history lesson about some of the famous researchers. Since the tour is free and the volunteer docent seems to enjoy his "work" I thought it was an ok use of an hour.

Date of experience: August 2017
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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.

Date of experience: July 2017
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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 promoted with plenty of signage. However, it was only after we left Falmouth and peeked at Trip Advisor, that I realized we missed a free tour!

We arrived early (9am) and there was on the street parking (metered). As we pulled out, 2 cars fought over our single spot!

Plenty to see and do in walking distance!

Walking between the exhibit and the Aquarium, the kids were pleased/shocked to see a artistic giant tick! Took photo. There were benches suitable for picnics also.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank KMc4528
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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 after this one. There were 12 of us on the tour. By the end of the tour, only 5 remained. It starts with a 3 minute video that will put you to sleep. He then heads over to another building to look at the holding tanks where they have specimens they are doing research on. If you don't walk fast enough, he will leave you behind! Once in the building he starts talking, as if to himself, as he rushes the group along. Not caring if the whole group is there and if everyone can hear him. With the wet floor I'm surprised no one fell. Then the race is on to the next building where he shows you the library. Nothing of interested, just books that you can see at your own local library. Then he looks at his watch, and rushes the group across the street. Across the street was the gift shop where he dropped us off and vanished. This was the worst travel experience in Woods Hole and I would not ever again waste my time on this tour. If you want to learn about the MBL take the tour offered through the Woods Hole Historical Society where they know more about the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), than the MBL tour itself.

Date of experience: August 2016
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