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Hatfield Marine Science Center

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Address: 2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365-5296
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+1 541-867-0100

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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Super informative and fun!

We've visited the marine center a number of times as marine animals are my son's favorite things. He and my husband attended two of the family days last summer and they both... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Heather P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've visited the marine center a number of times as marine animals are my son's favorite things. He and my husband attended two of the family days last summer and they both really enjoyed the experience. This past weekend the weather was rainy and it was a perfect way to spend a couple hours. The price is reasonable ($5 per... More 

Thank Heather P
Milford, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fun place for old folks like us or kids with lots of hands on well thought out activities. As well as simulated tide pools where you are encouraged to touch the critters and wave making machines, there are lots of tanks displacing a good cross section of the local marine life. There is a giant Pacific octopus... More 

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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Great fun for family and education opportunities for the kids. The admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 a person or $20 per family which by value is well worth the donations prices. If you don't carry cash there is a kiosk at the entrance that allows use of debit or credit card. We were met at the... More 

Thank MrRodgers911
Scio, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

I have wanted to visit for years and never seem to make it. Today was the day though with hubby and my 2 preschoolers in tow. Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.00 person or 20 per family. There is a large decorative donation case in the entry way to put your donation. We were met... More 

Thank Holly W
Portland, OR
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

A fun coastal museum with hands-on displays and lots of information on our ocean. Good for kids and adults.

1 Thank nekomau
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

This is a quick stop at the Oregon Coast. Some fun exhibits on Tsunamis and Oceanography. Call ahead and find out when they are going to feed the octopus, it is worth planning your day to see it.

1 Thank CrozierSix
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93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Educational and informative. Touchpool, marine science exhibits, bookstore and programs. Geared for all ages. Fee is a donation.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

The Newport Aquarium is so much more advertised than the Hatfield and it was many trips to the coast before I stopped in. But now I never miss it! This place is great for kids and families, with exhibits on tsunamis, a touch tank, fish tanks, several other marine science exhibits and the ever popular octopus in the tank just... More 

1 Thank ORTravelMom
Newport, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The Center presents learning interestingly. It is free admission but the displays are very impressive and the staff are friendly, helpful and informative.

1 Thank Je M
Camas, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

With pouring rain outside and us heading home later in the day, the science center was the perfect place to stay dry and have fun. First, it's free (asks for donations), which is amazing considering we spent way too much money at the Aquarium the day before. If money is an issue, don't bother with the Aquarium and just visit... More 

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