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Part museum, part active science lab, Hatfield Marine Science Center 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 part of your personalized Newport itinerary using our Newport vacation planning tool.
Hatfield Marine Science Center reviews
This isn't a very large facility but there are many exhibits packed into the area. Many of the displays are child friendly and it was nice hearing all the young children enjoying science.
This isn't a very large facility but there are many exhibits packed into the area. Many of the displays are child friendly and it was nice hearing all the young children enjoying science. more »
Fantastic marine science center. Variety of exhibits, from hands-on, video, text and objects. Three touch tide pools with sea cucumbers (very cool), anemones and urchins. Exhibits on trawling, wave...
Fantastic marine science center. Variety of exhibits, from hands-on, video, text and objects. Three touch tide pools with sea cucumbers (very cool), anemones and urchins. Exhibits on trawling, wave... more »
Went here as a child and now came back with my own daughter. It’s way better than what I remembered Such an awesome place for kids to learn about marine science. Our favorite activity was the tsunami wave simulation to see if our buildings survived (they didn’t) Highly recommend this place for young kids and if you are looking for a hour activity on a cold rainy day at the coast.
Great little ocean science center. Plenty of hands on exhibits and full of information. Kids had a great time. Fantastic value for a $5 donation. Advance reservations are now required though so be ready.
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