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Hatfield Marine Science Center

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First-It's free! It's donation based, which I encourage because of the work they do here and what... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Portland, Oregon, United States
Worth taking the time to go through

Stop in a take an afternoon to go through the center and aquarium. The exhibits are very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 3 days ago

First-It's free! It's donation based, which I encourage because of the work they do here and what they offer. Great learning experience for people of all ages. Bonus: The octopus currently there is a momma to be. So fascinating to watch her care for the...More

Thank rubyalan1111
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stop in a take an afternoon to go through the center and aquarium. The exhibits are very interactive and it is a great learning experience.

Thank KathleenT1280
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank SnowyShasta
Reviewed 11 September 2018

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

1  Thank Microgarden
Reviewed 9 September 2018

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 30 August 2018 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 30 August 2018 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 21 August 2018

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.

1  Thank Valerie B
Reviewed 8 August 2018

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

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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.