Woods Hole Science Aquarium

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium has been in existence since the late 1800s, making it the country's oldest marine aquarium.

high school intern showing touch tank creatures to children

Woods Hole Science Aquarium high school intern at touch tank

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium displays approximately 140 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. waters. The Aquarium is designed for self-guided tours of the main exhibits and a behind-the-scenes look at Aquarium operations.

Visit Us

Woods Hole Science Aquarium
166 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 495-2001

Open 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Closed all federal holidays.

Aquarium Access

  • Wheelchair access to the Aquarium's behind-the-scenes area and touch tank is via a ramp at the rear of the Aquarium. If you need wheelchair access please notify the front desk.
  • No pets allowed. Service dogs permitted.
  • Our display and behind-the-scenes areas are not large enough to accommodate strollers. All strollers must be left outside.

Aquarium Features

  • Animals of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic waters.
  • Exhibit cases with bones, skulls, and teeth.
  • Information about Woods Hole science and history, fishery science, marine mammals, sea turtles, and local fish species.
  • Touch tanks where you may find small fish, crabs, sea stars, whelks, shells, and egg casings.

More Information

Programs

We offer a number of programs to involve the public, students, and aspiring scientists.

Education

From visitors to students from near and far, the Aquarium offers fascinating learning experiences for all ages.

Last updated by Northeast Fisheries Science Center on October 04, 2019