Hatfield Marine Science Center

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Hatfield Marine Science Center

Hatfield Marine Science Center
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A series of informative exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center gives visitors a glimpse of hot topics in contemporary marine science research.
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benddragon
southern oregon259 contributions
In order to get into this place you have to use a cell phone, if you have one, to scan in some sort of QR code and then do more things on their app,,,, all the while the clerk is sitting there doing nothing but trying to explain to everyone how to work the app to get the tickets.
It would be much easier if the clerk could just sell the damn tickets. It took 6 of us almost 15 minutes to be able to get in. Only one of us could figure their system out. What do they think will happen when they have 100 people in line and it takes everyone so long to get the tickets????
Written 28 July 2022
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Jeannie D
Camarillo, CA492 contributions
We visited this center on a tour with grandchildren and it was fantastic!

We had a class taught by Justin who was spectacular, and the kids learned about and touched sea creatures not normally seen by kids.

I highly recommend this place and they also had a wonderful small tide pool and museum.
Written 19 June 2022
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P J Avery
Edmond, OK856 contributions
Family
Went here as a child and now came back with my own daughter. It’s way better than what I remembered. Plus the science center is doing reservations so that limits the number of people inside and makes it more enjoyable.

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.
Written 27 May 2022
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skopi
Cincinnati, OH146 contributions
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 didn't hurt that we went to the aquarium first and it was cold and rainy outside and this is indoors.

Make sure you sign up ahead of time. There is a tiny reservation fee. Only issue is that we had the 3-4pm time slot and they close at 4. As it is all volunteers, they started trying to stop the kids from doing things about 10 minutes early. So don't choose the last time slot of the day.
Written 28 March 2022
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kkleinrn
Pleasant Grove, UT356 contributions
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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 understand Sea exhibits. Reservations are currently required and ready to make online. For $3 each, best money ever spent!
Written 24 December 2021
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Steve S
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We try and stop by every year or so to watch their newest programs. They are the VERY best! They change the marine species in the tanks all the time as well, but their "special programs" arfe just SO thoroughly put togwether and researched. This time is was North American fossils and ngrowth through the various epochs of Earth's developmwent. The price of admission for sewniors makes this a vewry nexpewnsive way to learn a great deal, enjoy an afternoon in a world-class museum, and see so many varietal species of marine life. If you are in Newport, it's a MUST SEE!
Written 30 July 2021
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NukedNative
Dowagiac, MI250 contributions
Family
Much better than the neighbors, and always a treat. Interactive with tide pool animals, and learning stations throughout. Will definitely return.
Written 15 March 2020
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Julia H
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I was surprised at how many things to look at for a free science center. I really did not expect much and was pleasantly surprised
Written 9 March 2020
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Ann BK
213 contributions
We travel to Newport a lot, but have always been there on days the Center is closed, so were really happy to visit. It's part of Oregon State University, so exhibits are particularly well curated--both viewing & interactive. Visitors will learn about fisheries, marine life, tidal action & more. Spouse & I spent about an hour & a half there until he got tired.

There's a $5 suggested donation at the door & a gift shop that we didn't visit.

It's more than appropriate for all ages & mobility levels.
Written 18 February 2020
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Twinedith
Yachats, OR100 contributions
The museum is a great place to spend a morning, but the real treat are the outdoor opportunities. The Hatfield Science museum sits on an estuary of Yaquina Bay. There is a walking trail with good opportunities for birding, or get your feet dirty and walk out onto the estuary and look for shrimp and clams. With a shellfish permit you can "rake" for cockles (a type of clam) and take them home to steam open and eat.
Written 26 January 2020
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