Off-Season Group Tours

Public tour in the Marine Resource Center (MRC) at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, led by volunteer tour guide Wendy Fox on July 3, 2017. (Photo by Emily Zoller)

For the safety of our community, the MBL has suspended all in-person events, seminars, and scheduled school and organizational tours until further notice.

When operating, a limited number of group tours may be arranged during the non-summer months (September through May) during normal business hours (Monday – Friday). Tours last approximately one 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.

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.


For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at 508-289-7623 or email