Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University, Newport

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#1 of 10 in Childrens Museums in Oregon
Part museum, part active science lab, Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University operates thanks to Oregon's flagship university and sits right next to the Yaquina Bay. The facility's public education wing houses a visitor center, featuring exhibits that showcase everything from new developments in modern marine research to the local fishing industry. You won't want to miss the major daily event--the feeding of the center's giant octopus, which occupies a large tank at the entrance into the exhibit area. The center strives to teach the public about ocean resource management, microscopic sea life, tide-pool habitats, and the effect of tsunamis on fragile coastal environments. Although admission is free, you can make a donation at your own discretion. Make Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University part of your personalized Newport itinerary using our Newport vacation planning tool .
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  • So my cousin I have not seen in at lest 35 years came to Oregon on her adventures to see family. We took her to Hatfield Marine Science Center and she loved it, My mother is 80 and had never been, she...  more »
  • The next time we head up north we will be stopping here again! My young children (5&2) had more fun here than they did at the aquarium. Lots of hands on activities and seriously cool educational displ...  more »
  • A very informative place to visit. Great location for people of all ages. Something for everyone! Admission is by donating which is great for families on a budget.  more »
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  • Hatfield is amazing! Admission is whatever you feel is fair, and there are tons of amazingly informative, interactive science displays, with living specimens of numerous pacific wild life (including the octopus!) It's great for the whole family, especially with it's feeling pool. I honestly have a better time here than at the aquarium, and without the aquarium's big price tag. They're clised for renovation through February, so I don't get to visit on this trip, but will definitely return in the future.
  • I loved it years ago when I came to Newport, made a day of it, went to the OCA and then the HMSC, actually had more fun at the FREE HMSC, even though at the OCA Keiko was there and it was amazing to see the Killer Whale. I'm coming again this weekend my birthday present. I'm very saddened that it will be closed for construction during our visit. Actually rethinking even coming up Newport. I already had everything planned out for our day at the OCA, then to the HMSC, then back to the OCA for the sea of lights display. Have been bragging this place up to someone that has never been to either place. And he will still be on the did not get to see list.
  • I love this place. Donations are accepted yet not expected. Some can't afford to take an entire family to the oregon coast aquarium so going here is a great alternative. There's so many things to learn from, so many things to interact with. The kids love it and it always looks as if the adults are enjoying it also. I appreciate this facility and all that they do. 100% Amazing in my book. A must see if in Newport.
  • Fun and educational experience for kids, and it's free! This place is great. There's a very active and charismatic octopus. The docents are enthusiastic. There's a touch tank for kids. Check out the Pacific Marine Energy Center exhibit and prototypes about generating electricity from waves.
  • Entered right after the next door aquarium and it was quit a change, the many hands on activities and attractions would be fun for kids and even as an adult would still be interesting to watch. Very nice place to visit.

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