Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport

4.6
#1 of 12 in Childrens Museums in Oregon
Science Museum · Educational Site
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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.
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  • My kids enjoyed the hands-on nature of this museum. They liked touching the sea urchins, anemones, etc. They loved building structures to be destroyed by a tsunami wave. It was a definite hit. It.....  more
    My kids enjoyed the hands-on nature of this museum. They liked touching the sea urchins, anemones, etc. They loved building structures to be destroyed by a tsunami wave. It was a definite hit. It.....  more »
  • We were blown away by this fun aquatic visitor center! We went following a recommendation but didn’t know what to expect - the kids and adults all loved it and enjoyed the many hands on and easy to... 
    We were blown away by this fun aquatic visitor center! We went following a recommendation but didn’t know what to expect - the kids and adults all loved it and enjoyed the many hands on and easy to...  more »
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  • Honestly, beats the aquarium. They have some amazing learning environment and exhibits. Including touch pools, wave simulators, a SIM on navigating their research vessel. The same SIM that's used in commercial training. A great place, 1-2 hrs would be good. Right now make the reservation on line ( we did it in the parking lot, right before). Highly recommended
  • Super awesome experience. Can only enter with a reservation, which helps keeping the people count low. Loved the hands on experience/exhibits. Plenty of hand sanitation stations everywhere. Staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about all the little critters.

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