Woods Hole Laboratory

Woods Hole Laboratory of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Our Location

The Woods Hole facility occupies 3.4 acres on Vineyard Sound on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Laboratory hosts a public and research aquarium that is open to visitors year-round.


Our Leadership

Our History

The Woods Hole Laboratory, founded in 1871, is the nation's oldest marine research station, and is the original laboratory of today’s NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It also houses the nation’s oldest public aquarium, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, which is open to visitors year-round.

Read about the history of NOAA Fisheries in the Northeast