Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University, Newport

(4.6/5 based on 480+ 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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  • Definitely good for kids especially on a rainy day...Very hands on for adults and kids, free parking and nice gift shop 
  • This is a great place to visit no matter what your age is. There are several fun and educational hands-on stations that are awesome for kids, but great for adults, too. All of the displays are informa...  more »
  • We wanted to visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium but wow was it expensive. So came here again. We've come a few times in the past. Its not a large facility but the kids had fun and learned about tides and...  more »
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  • This is a great little place with several informative displays. Great place to spend an hour or so wandering around.
  • It's a very nice visit. It may not be state of the art, but it is interactive, informative, and nicely set up for the most part, especially for free to $5 donation. I have a marine biology degree, and I still learned new things from the exhibits. I'd recommend an hour of your time to wander around the place.
  • 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.