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Hatfield Marine Science Center

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Even better than expected

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Entrance was by donation... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Portland, Oregon
A really nice place for kids of any age.

This center was so educational and interesting, we really enjoyed our time spent here. The touch... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Belmont, Michigan
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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.
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365-5296
+1 541-867-0100
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Reviewed yesterday

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Entrance was by donation, with suggested amounts for a person or a family; we appreciate the opportunity to decide how much we could spend. I had heard good things about this center, but our...More

Thank SnowyShasta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very enjoyable. Donation based so free to enter. Interactive displays, touch pool, and lots of saltwater tanks. nice outing.

Thank Microgarden
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This center was so educational and interesting, we really enjoyed our time spent here. The touch pools, the displays and interactive spots, are so great, and the staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. The photos we took are amazing.

Thank KareStev
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They are a free exhibit. They do accept donations to help cut costs. Amazing octopus at the entrance but they are in the process of finding another one. We got there 30 minutes before they closed so we had to rush thru.

Thank Julia R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place only runs on donations so if you're on a tight budget this is a great alternative to the nearby Aquarium. They have all the things I love about places like this. They had an octopus that had laid eggs. They had a touch...More

Thank Adam R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We happened to be in the area and thought we’d check this place out. There’s a wide variety of small to medium sized marine wildlife. Not the best aquarium I’ve been to, but still nice.

Thank TravelinSuz
Reviewed 18 August 2018

We chose not to shell out the $46 for the aquarium and went to the marine center instead. Informative and educational. Wonderful and interactive for kids.

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Reviewed 8 August 2018

Great learning place to see and touch. Helpful and friendly staff to make the experience even better.

Thank reviewer357
Reviewed 8 August 2018

We loved the hands on aquarium where children (and adults) could touch starfish and sea anemones and more. One of the most popular exhibits is an octopus, where visitors can watch her feeding. Many attractive and hands on exhibits that make marine life fascinating and...More

Thank 77mic
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

This place has some very good displays and information on different areas of the ocean and beaches but the highlight for me was walking under the aquariums. Looking up I could see the ray’s and small sharks swim. It was interesting to see a school...More

Thank Cindy T
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Diana M
17 July 2018|
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Response from travelguy51_9 | Reviewed this property |
We only spent about 90 minutes, but that's because we were on a time crunch. It's easy to spend much more time there however.
28 August 2017|
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Response from VinoDonna | Reviewed this property |
From Memorial Day to Labor Day they are open daily. The rest of the year only Thursday through Monday.