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Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries

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166 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
+1 508-495-2001
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Great Little Gem

This place exceeded all of our expectations. It is free with a requested donation. The exhibits... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tangletown
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Small but loved aquarium.

Stopped in yesterday, catching a nice little aquarium and some excellent people caring for it... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Thomas G
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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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The oldest aquarium in the U.S. emphasizes learning activities for children.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good25%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea creatures” (6 reviews)
“fish” (11 reviews)
“small pool” (2 reviews)
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166 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
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+1 508-495-2001
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place exceeded all of our expectations. It is free with a requested donation. The exhibits, although small, are very well taken care of and the staff does a great job engaging with all of the visitors. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the visit!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in yesterday, catching a nice little aquarium and some excellent people caring for it. Allison was extremely generous in offering us great advice for finding "Wood's Hole" related items, directing us to the "Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Gift Shop"...More

Thank Thomas G
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Fantastic place to spend some time in Woods Hole and learn about the oceans. The exhibits are really nice and the touch tank is always a hit with the little ones

Thank Liza F
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

A small aquarium/research/rehabilitation facility is perfect to visit when you go to Woods Hole, Mass. In the tiny downtown area, the 2 story building houses mostly Atlantic fish, and other sea creatures in interesting tank displays with good information. Models of sea turtles and the...More

1  Thank Weeat4fun
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

A really nice low key aquarium with lots of tanks full of different species of fish. Just enough to keep young children interested. Upstairs they have a touch tank which is a big hit with kids! It is free but nice to drop a donation...More

1  Thank ShelSouthShore_MA
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

We drove here for the grandchildren to see fish because the Aqarium in Boston was so busy on Sunday we didn't see half of the displays. This is nice, small aquarium to visit. You can even go to the 2nd floor to see down into...More

1  Thank CharleneF4
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Great fish to view, excellent displays and a fun visit to the second floor to touch some sea creatures and view the tanks from above.

Thank keylon
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

I learned a lot about their conservation efforts and the ongoing studies that they are conducting. It was interesting to also be able to see into the aquarium exhibits by looking from the top down into the aquarium.

1  Thank Arl V
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Small but very interesting aquarium specializing in local marine species. The best part of visiting this place is the area where the aquarium adjoins the working area of the marine biologists who work here. There is a small pool where creatures can be gently touched...More

Thank Patricia S
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

The aquarium had a nice selection of sea creatures. There are steps if this is a problem, but those areas can be avoided if necessary.

Thank Noreen M
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Pam B
18 May 2017|
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Response from ShelSouthShore_MA | Reviewed this property |
HI it is a free exhibit, they do have a donation area if you wish!
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Sue391
18 September 2016|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
I believe the comments from Lou Y are correct. My sense is that this is more of a science and study center for the National Marine Fisheries than a aquarium build just for tourists. I still recommend you go, however its... More
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