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Hatfield Marine Science Center

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Address: 2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365-5296
Phone Number: +1 541-867-0100
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A series of informative exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center...

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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Volunteers greeted us and seemed pleased that we expected to make a donation that we gladly gave. The exhibits show both sides of the development and conservation issues.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
AnnKirby
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Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Volunteers greeted us and seemed pleased that we expected to make a donation that we gladly gave. The exhibits show both sides of the development and conservation issues.

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Thank AnnKirby
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a treasure. A great place to learn and explore. We were there for the Octopus feeding, which was adorable! Olsen is a beautiful creature. We're grateful for a free place to learn and for the great work being done here.

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Thank Afrobison
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great place to stop in and visit for a while. Great interactive exhibits. Live critters very cool. This is a great place for anyone with an enthusiasm for science, technology, natural history, & wildlife. My kids have loved visiting here at various ages.

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Blind Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the Center on our last day in Newport not really knowing what to expect aside from the star attraction - an octopus, We were met at the door by a volunteer who explained everything to us including the fact that there was no entry fee, only a donation. The Center is laid out in a... More 

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Gresham, Oregon, United States
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is run by Oregon State University. They have interesting things for everyone, not just kids. Feeding Olson, the giant octopus was the highlight, watching her casually pull the suckers from her arm again and again was mind-blowing. Great exhibit of plate tectonics, tsunamis and much, much more. Particularly liked to see how the earth in Oregon is being compressed.... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

My husband and I visited for the first time. Admission is by donations, so donate fairly please. The facility is a decent sized with fun and interesting exhibits, tide pool areas to touch urchins and anemones. Science exhibits with hands on play and exploration. A few small aquarium set up and Olsen the Octopus. Check the web site for feeding... More 

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McMinnville, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Lots of hands on things to do. Pet a star Fish ! Donation s accepted and we'll worth it! We spent several hours and really enjoyed it. The gift store was really reasonably priced, too. All the volunteers were really friendly.

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South Bend, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We always stop here when in Newport. There are always things to see and things to learn. It is free but we did leave a donation

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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I went to both the aquarium and the science centre. The science centre is by donation so you set your price and just has so much more to offer. It has aquariums, it has artwork, it has history, it has interactive instalments, it has touch tanks, it has an octopus! My favourite was the topographic sand table, it's straight up... More 

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Lansdale, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This place is amazing. They have something to interest anyone. We got a good understanding of the marine life in the area - with fish tanks to enhance the information. We went late in the day and would have loved to stay longer. There are interactive displays for kids and adults. Don't miss this!

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