Off-Season Tours

A limited number of special school group tours may be arranged during the off-season months (September through May), Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays and the month of January. Tours last approximately an hour and consist of a visit to the Marine Resources Center for a look at the marine animals used in MBL research, a trip to the MBLWHOI Library, and a walking tour of the campus. Off-season tours meet at MBL’s Candle House building, 127 Water St, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

You may make a tour request by clicking here. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request. Our tours are organized by volunteers and depend on their availability. Following the MBL Tour Requirements listed below will help us to accommodate your tour request.

MBL Group Tour Requirements:

  • All tours must be booked through the MBL communications office, using the tour registration form above.
  • All tours must be led by an official MBL tour guide or staff member and will last approximately one hour.
  • Tours are limited to 15 people. Large groups may be divided into smaller groups of 15 and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • The MBL can only accommodate two group visits per week. Whenever possible, preference will be given to Falmouth schools.
  • Tours for groups of up to 15 people must be booked two weeks in advance, groups over 15 people must be booked three weeks in advance.
  • Tours can only be booked three months in advance. Limit two tours per group.
  • Tour groups must call ahead (508) 289-7423 if they are running late. Any tour groups that do not show up within 15 minutes of their scheduled tour and who have not called to let us know they are running late, are subject to cancellation.
  • We ask that at least two adults chaperone all groups of young people. Teachers, please remind your students that they are guests of a world-class research laboratory. They are expected to behave accordingly. Unruly groups will be asked to leave and will not be given tours in subsequent years. For safety reasons, children under the age of five are not permitted in the Marine Resources Center, although they may view the video with the group.

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