Contact: Shelley Dawicki
Woods Hole Science Aquarium Shifts to Off-Season Hours
Effective October 8, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium will be open Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Aquarium is closed on all federal holidays and will be closed on Monday, October 8, Columbus Day. Admission is free; however, donations are accepted.
The Woods Hole Science Aquarium is operated by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and is the oldest public marine aquarium in the United States. It has been part of the federal fisheries laboratory in Woods Hole since 1875, four years after the U.S Commission on Fish and Fisheries established its first research station on Little Harbor.
The Aquarium's live collection includes species of marine fish and invertebrates that are found in waters off the Northeastern U.S., including some tropical species that are carried north by currents as well as invasive species like the lionfish. A touch tank in the behind-the-scenes area is a popular attraction for people of all ages.
Exhibits highlighting some of the Science Center’s research programs include the interactive “Sounds of the Sea” display featuring whale and other marine animal sounds. Other educational exhibits feature science at sea, sea turtles and lobsters as well as information about endangered species and marine environments. Voices from the Fisheries features oral histories from fishermen and others in the fishing industry talking about the work, families, communities and the marine environment.
Programs operated at the Aquarium in partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory include those for marine animal health, summer internships for high school students, and special exhibits.