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Discover Woods Hole

"Woods Hole is to Scientists what Paris is to Artists."

A world center for marine, Biomedical and environmental science

Woods Hole

Woods Hole, a village in the Town of Falmouth
on the southwestern corner of Cape Cod.

Woods Hole, a village in the Town of Falmouth on the southwestern corner of Cape Cod, is a world center for marine, biomedical, and environmental science. Its reputation in this broad field may seem out of proportion to its small size, yet, in addition to several smaller enterprises and labs, Woods Hole contains two large private organizations (the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) and two federal government facilities (the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Geological Survey).

Together, these larger institutions occupy some 170 buildings, operate a dozen research vessels and collecting boats, employ more than 1,500 year-round people, and offer instruction to approximately 500 students. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution outgrew its space in the village in the 1960s and expanded to the Quissett Campus, located a mile and a half to the northeast, where U.S. Geological Survey laboratories are also located.