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Hatfield Marine Science Center

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Loved touching the sea urchins and anemonies.

It was the coolest thing to be able to gentle tough these sea creatures!!!! Well worth visiting... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Littleton, Colorado
Fun and Free!

The Hatfield Marine Science Center is an educational and research center maintained by Oregon State... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Anchorage, Alaska
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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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 July 2014

The Hatfield Marine Science Center is SO much more informative, interesting and memorable than the extremely overpriced aquarium down the street. The cost of admission is honor system--recommended $10 per family though it's up to you what you pay. Instead of being able to touch...More

7  Thank Tiger_ L
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Today was my first visit...took my grandchildren who had a great time. My lower rating however is highly colored by the volunteers or maybe employees on duty this morning. My grandchildren were enjoying the touch pool and I was reading about starfish wasting disease. I...More

4  Thank mermaidtears2010
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Reviewed 16 May 2017

It was the coolest thing to be able to gentle tough these sea creatures!!!! Well worth visiting just for this.

1  Thank Squirel9135
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

The Hatfield Marine Science Center is an educational and research center maintained by Oregon State University. The exhibits are interactive and of interest to all ages. Children will especially enjoy the opportunity to touch starfish and sea anemones. Unfortunately, as is typical of such heavily...More

1  Thank rockhugger48
Reviewed 12 May 2017

This is geared towards kids. Fun times making waves and power and watching the octopus. Interesting for adults also.

1  Thank JSugi50
Reviewed 12 May 2017

This place is very educational and fun to bring the whole family to learn about the Pacific Ocean and the wonders about it.

1  Thank jackib0y
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This is a neat little place with tons of science and hands on things for the kids. They have a gift shop as well.

1  Thank claddaghkell
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

I liked the video presentation how Oregon was formed by volcanic islands moving toward the coast! The coral exhibits were incredibly patterned and colorful under black light! I'm not from this area so I learned about the invasive animals and plants Oregon deals with. Be...More

1  Thank donnav233
Reviewed 26 April 2017

All ages welcome! This is perfect for families with younger children too. You learn about sea life, topography, waves, and the ecosystem. Can you find the octopus?

1  Thank sarahordonald
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

In this place you can learn lot of things about life under the sea, and how scientist do their amazing work.

Thank KrolinaH1
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Since 1991 we have been there many times with young grandchildren, with seniors from church, with family and friends of all ages from back east. It is an interesting and exciting place to visit. You can touch an anemone if you want to.

Thank AprilDawn2
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Got there in time to watch the giant Pacific Octopus get fed. There were dozens of people surrounding the tank so viewing was difficult but managed to sneak some peeks. Friendly & helpful staff members with many nice oceanic displays, some hands on stuff for...More

1  Thank alanvoetsch
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Diana M
17 July 2018|
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Response from L V | Reviewed this property |
We spent a little over an hour, longer if you get to watch the octopus. Plan about 1 -2 hours.
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.