Public Tours of The MSC
Join us for a guided tour of the Marine Science Center (MSC) to learn about some of the current marine and environmental research taking place here, tour the facilities and grounds, and hear about the natural and cultural histories of East Point.
Tours are open to individuals and families. All organizations (e.g., schools, scouts, clubs) and any other parties of 6 or more interested in visiting the MSC should instead sign up for a guided program. More information about guided programs can also be obtained by emailing [email protected].
Tours are not geared towards prospective students, and persons interested in academic programs at Northeastern should contact MSC staff at [email protected] for further information.
Tours will begin at 2:30pm and last approximately 90 minutes.
Participants should be prepared to walk and/or stand for the duration of the tour, occasionally along unpaved and uneven terrain. Tours for persons with limited mobility may be arranged by request.
All tours are free of charge.
Yes, registration is required. Please note that a limited number of spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Persons not signed up will be regrettably turned away on the day of the tour if no further space is available.
While there is no age limit, the tour will appeal to children 7 and over. Well behaved children who can participate respectfully are welcome. The tour does involve walking on unpaved and uneven surfaces, viewing laboratories, and listening to historical and scientific information, so please consider whether these activities are well matched to a participant’s age/interests before registering. We will do our best to adapt to the age groups/interests present on the day of the tour.
With the exception of service animals, no other animals will be allowed inside the buildings. Better to leave Fido at home and take a walk with her another time.
A Consent to Participate and Release Form will be required for each member of a party and will be provided before the start of the tour. Persons under 18 will be required to present a form signed by a parent/guardian.
You may make changes to an existing reservation at least 24 hours before the start of the tour, but you may not be able to add additional people. Please be aware that space is limited and spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Printed tickets are accepted but not required. Registered participants may check in via our roster, or we will accept printed to electronic tickets at the start of the tour. Every person attending must be registered.
Parking is available onsite for registered tour attendees during the tour time period (2:30-4pm). Upon arrival, please drive through the gate, check in with the security guard, park in the area to the right, then proceed to the front office to obtain a parking pass to display on your car’s dash during the tour. Upon completion of the tour participants will be required to vacate the parking lot.
The MSC is accessible via MBTA Bus #439 followed by a 10-minute walk from the Wharf Street stop on an extremely limited basis. Persons planning to access this are advised to research travel times and transfer points very carefully well in advance before committing to this method of transit.
We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and dressing for the weather. Bringing an extra layer is advisable, as it is often colder/windier in Nahant than on the “mainland”. A hat and/or sunscreen is advised, as is a water bottle, especially on hot days. We also recommend bringing a camera and/or binoculars, as wildlife can often be viewed along the tour path.
The following items are prohibited on a tour: firearms, drugs/alcohol, hazardous materials, and clothing containing inappropriate/obscene words or symbols.