Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University, Newport

Categories: Science Museums, Educational Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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. Put Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University into our Newport itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Newport.
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  • This place is amazing. They have something to interest anyone. We got a good understanding of the marine life in the area - with fish tanks to enhance the information. We went late in the day and woul...  read more »
  • a good place to take kids, or not, if you dont have kids. nice informative displays. don't dwell on the catastrophic cascadian earthquake and tsunami fear, and it will pass without too much thought. 
  • The entire Center is great, but the Film in the Theater is a must see. It is great. They also have many excellent displays and a large number of hands-on exhibits. So glad we took the time to visit, a...  read more »
  • Great marine exhibits. Both octopi were moving around and the little one kept changing color and texture. I liked the simulated deep sea dive and the AR sand pit. The tsunami simulators were fun, too. Interesting info and I could have spent more time there but I had to catch my bus back inland. Free but well worth the $5 suggested donation.
  • Great place to take kids to see some smaller sea life and learn about tidal pools, tsunamis, wave energy and more. Optional donation at the entrance so you can set your own entrance fee. Great alternative if the aquarium is too expensive.
  • This is a fun and educational place for all ages. Admission is free, but a donation is recommended to keep this place going. Our favorite thing was the Augmented Reality Sandbox that they had, but there were a lot of hands on learning opportunities.
  • This place is free. It's pretty nice, you learn a little - takes around a half hour for an adult to get bored here, but it was a nice excuse to get out of the car and walk around. If you go to the opposite end of the parking lot (in front of the EPA building) there's a really nice place to park and just chill. Looks like you could get away with fishing here, and not have a bunch of land-lovers harassing you.
  • Great place to take kids in Newport while visiting, great for all ages and fun stuff to check out. We enjoyed it
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