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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute: Underwater Exploration, Guided Tours, Lectures

Cape Cod is world-renowned for its coastal beauty, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution helps preserve our delicate marine ecosystem. Explore the institution's Ocean Science Exhibit Center to step into a full-size model of Alvin, the deep-water submersible that discovered the Titanic. Enjoy an informative, guided walking tour of the institute's harbor and other restricted areas. Or, attend an engaging public lecture by esteemed scientists and engineers. To fully appreciate the coastal splendor of Falmouth, the Oceanographic Institution is a must-visit destination.


Prices -

Ocean Science Exhibit Center: $3 suggested donation. Summer walking tours: Free

Hours -

  Late April: Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
                       May - October: Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
                       November & December: Tues. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  • Lectures & Panels
  • Cultural Activities
  • Public Seminars


  • Exhibits
  • Sightseeing
  • Summer Walking Tours
  • Woods Hole Village
  • Gift Shop


  • How can I reserve a walking tour?

    During the summer months, volunteers provide free walking tours through the Institution's dock area and other restricted village facilities. Offering background information of the Institution's history and research, walking tours run in July and August on weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. To reserve a free walking tour, contact the Information Office at (508) 289-2252 or via email at Off-season walking tours may also be available for groups of 10 visitors or more.

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