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We are open 11 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, year-round. Closed all federal holidays.

NOTE: The aquarium is a federal building and admission is free; however, we welcome donations, which you can put into a box in the lobby.

Wheelchair access to the aquarium's back-up area and touch tank is available via a ramp at the rear of the aquarium. If you need handicap access please notify the front desk staff.

No pets allowed. Service dogs permitted.

All strollers must be left outside. Our aquarium display and back-up areas have limited space.

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The Woods Hole Science Aquarium is a small public aquarium that displays approximately 140 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Middle-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.

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


Children enjoying their day We welcome visits from school groups and civic organizations. Groups larger than 10 should call to make a reservation (508-495-2267). The busiest season for groups is spring. If you would like to bring a school group anytime from March through June, please call for reservations as early in the school year as possible.

Special Needs

Please let us know if anyone in your group requires special assistance to tour the aquarium. Many physical impairments and special needs can be accommodated. We have handicapped parking spaces and a wheelchair ramp near the main entrance.


Which way to the aquarium?Visitors should use public transportation if possible. We have no off-street parking available (other than two handicapped spaces). The village has on-street metered parking, but the spots fill up quickly in busy summer months. During the summer, you may want to park in Falmouth and use the

Activity Sheets

Our activity sheets can be answered by carefully viewing our animals and exhibits. Be aware, though, that the aquarium collection is constantly changing and will be at least a little different every time you visit. We try to focus our activity sheets on animals that are almost always in the aquarium, but occasionally a question might not be answerable on the day you visit.

To view the answer sheets, send us an e-mail or ask the staff when you visit.


We like to hear from our visitors. If you take a few minutes after you have toured to let us know what was and wasn't useful, we will be better able to accommodate you and other visitors in the future. You can e-mail comments to the WHSA staff.


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Approximately 80,000 people visit the aquarium every year, including 10,000 children in school groups.

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