Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Falmouth

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The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI, acronym pronounced HOO-ee) is a private, nonprofit research and higher education facility dedicated to the study of marine science and engineering.

Established in 1930 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, it is the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the U.S., with staff and students numbering about 1,000.

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  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), “the world’s leading, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education”, will reopen 6 days/week (closed...  more »
  • Wonderful exhibits and fun to do with small children when you're on a tight budget. Always lived on cape and finally went to this highly reccomend. Leave a donation!  more »
  • This place is doing great work, I'm sure, in spite of the huge complexity of coordinating among the 60-odd institutions that make use of their facilities and personnel. But it's not necessarily a good place to visit as a tourist, at least not during the summer. We signed up for the walking tour, and while the guide was patient and full of stories about the history of the local area, he knew very little about the workings of The Institute or the research that that they perform there. The really interesting ships, Alvin and Atlantis and Neil Armstrong, were all out on missions, and we weren't allowed in any of the research areas. Which is understandable.
  • Great trip with kids. Very educational. Check their website for ship tours and festivals. We were lucky to have visited when the Neil Armstrong was visiting and got to take a tour. Tour Guides/Hosts are amazing with kids!

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