Visit the MBL

Pierce Exhibit Center & MBL Gift Shop

100 Water St., Woods Hole, MA.

2021 Hours of Operation:

July 1 – October 9
Wednesday – Saturday: 11 AM – 4 PM

Learn more about the Marine Biological Laboratory by visiting the Pierce Exhibit Center at 100 Water Street in Woods Hole, adjacent to the Gift Shop. The Center is named in memory of Robert W. Pierce, a former Trustee of the Laboratory who enjoyed sharing the MBL story with his many friends and colleagues.

Colorful exhibits, designed for all ages, tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences. Live animals, stunning underwater video footage, a hands-on microscope, and an interactive squid are all part of the visitor experience. We invite you to explore the Pierce Exhibit Center and learn more about the natural world around you.

The MBL Gift Shop features MBL themed gifts, toys, and clothing. You can also shop online by clicking here.

Summer and Offseason Tours

For the safety of our community, the MBL has suspended all school and organizational tours until further notice.

In the meantime, we are bringing MBL science to you—virtually through the MBL SciShoots series. See videos below.

Tabletop Tide Pool
Free family fun under the tent in Waterfront Park.

Get up close to live marine creatures and learn how MBL scientists draw upon nature to teach us more about our environment and even ourselves! No registration necessary. This experience is outdoors and will be canceled in case of inclement weather. Click here for more information.
The MBL SciShoots Series

You can find all the videos on our YouTube page, by searching the hashtag #MBLSciShoots on social media, or by visiting our Facebook page.

A full list of videos and the scientist Q&As are available at: