Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Welcome to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, or WHOI for short. This private, nonprofit research and higher education facility is dedicated to the study of marine science and engineering and was first founded in 1930 in Woods Hole, Massachusettes.

WHOI is considered to be the world's leading oceanographic institution, the scientists and engineers here always 'pushing the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives'.

During your visit, your group is going to want to stop by the Ocean Science Discovery Center and Gift Shop, the institution's educational facility that teaches them about the institute's ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by the WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research.

Explore various exhibits and programs, such as the interactive exhibit on the discovery and exploration of the Titanic. Step inside a full-size model of the inner sphere of Alvin, learn about sea-floor pressure, and explore life at hydrothermal vents. You will also have the chance to learn about toxic algae such as Red Tide, see a sediment core from the ocean floor and learn about how it relates to climate change, and much more.

School groups will want to sign up for a 20-minute docent presentation while here, and if you are visiting during the summer you will also want to check to see if any special tours, labs, or science chats are happening during your visit.