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Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport: Address, Phone Number, Hatfield Marine Science Center Reviews: /5

One of the Best Museums in the Country!


We try and stop by every year or so to watch their newest programs. They are the VERY best! They change the marine species in the tanks all the time as well, but their "special programs" arfe just SO thoroughly put togwether and researched. This time is was North American fossils and ngrowth through the various epochs of Earth's developmwent. The price of admission for sewniors makes this a vewry nexpewnsive way to learn a great deal, enjoy an afternoon in a world-class museum, and see so many varietal species of marine life. If you are in Newport, it's a MUST SEE!

Written July 30,

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Been going here for 30 years

Mar • Family

Much better than the neighbors, and always a treat. Interactive with tide pool animals, and learning stations throughout. Will definitely return.

Written March 15,

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Many exhibits


I was surprised at how many things to look at for a free science center. I really did not expect much and was pleasantly surprised

Written March 9,

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Fantastic educational experience


We travel to Newport a lot, but have always been there on days the Center is closed, so were really happy to visit. It's part of Oregon State University, so exhibits are particularly well curated--both viewing & interactive. Visitors will learn about fisheries, marine life, tidal action & more. Spouse & I spent about an hour & a half there until he got tired.

There's a $5 suggested donation at the door & a gift shop that we didn't visit.

It's more than appropriate for all ages & mobility levels.

Written February 18,

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The Opportunities Extend beyond the Doors


The museum is a great place to spend a morning, but the real treat are the outdoor opportunities. The Hatfield Science museum sits on an estuary of Yaquina Bay. There is a walking trail with good opportunities for birding, or get your feet dirty and walk out onto the estuary and look for shrimp and clams. With a shellfish permit you can "rake" for cockles (a type of clam) and take them home to steam open and eat.

Written January 26,

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Great place to learn

Jul • Couples

The museum is a great place to visit and explore. My children loved it as kids and enjoy it as adults now. We go at least once a year.

Written January 11,

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Grat, granddaughter loved it


For all ages well worth the time to stop and enjoy. Granddaughter was intrigued and staff were great.

Written December 23,

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In the Area


We came to Newport for our anniversary and stopped by. 2 years, or so, ago we tried to visit but it was on either a Tuesday or Wednesday, but they are closed. Many interesting things to see, an octopus tank right up front is fascinating. Many hands on things for kids, and adults, to try out.

Written December 8,

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Very Interesting!


This place has changed since I was here many years ago. Some of the exhibits are interactive, and all are interesting. Great for families, too!

Written November 13,

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Don’t overlook vibrant seminar series at Guin Library

Oct • Couples

The exhibits are well-researched and engaging. The staff (volunteers) are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and take pride in keeping the exhibits and information fresh. The Guin Library hosts a monthly seminar series. We heard a presentation on Oregon volcanoes by Dr. Adam Kent from OSU main campus. It was well-attended with a range of transdisciplinary interests voiced in the Q&A. A great stop for retirees seeking new experiences. Note photo taken of Mt. Hood on return plane ride. It was great to have the new insights provided, when observing from the air.

Written November 7,

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How much time did you spend here?

We spent a good 2 hours the kids had a blast

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What days and hours is it open. Last year we showed up and it was on a day it was closed. We would really like to visit this year.

Laurel B

Lincoln City, OR contributions

From Memorial Day to Labor Day they are open daily. The rest of the year only Thursday through Monday.

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What is the admission price?


Milford, CA31 contributions

Still free. A donation is always appreciated in these times of low budgets from public sources.

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Hatfield Marine Science Center of OSU

Experimentation: if there was one word that would describe the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport that would be it.

From trying to figure out how plate tectonics work, to seeing how you compare to the wingspan of an albatross, expect to learn volumes while you walk through the many exhibits – several of which change regularly.

But Bill Hanshumaker, who is responsible for many of the exhibits in the Visitor Center, says it is more than just a place to see an octopus and touch things in simulated tide pools.

“The fact is our surveys show that more than percent of the people have come here, remember the octopus,” Hanshumaker said. “But we are much more than that. We are about learning how people learn.”

In fact, the day I visited the Center Hanshumaker was trying to figure out how to perfect a prototype exhibit showing how “dead zones” in the ocean are formed.

“We have it figured out how to show how the wind will start to create currents, but the currents underneath the surface of the water is what we want to show, and right now we don’t have a material that will do it,” he said.

As he huddled in his small office with a colleague, the two men sounded like scientists trying to figure out a problem – and settling on a solution.

“That’s what we do around here,” he said.

While the Center is a fun place to visit, at any given time research is taking place about the ocean, weather and even how people learn – or how to create the perfect exhibit.

“We will set up an exhibit and see how it works, and then try to adjust how we built it to make it more durable, or give both kids and adults something to do at the same time,” Hanshumaker said. “That’s our focus here, how people learn.”

The Center is located next to Yaquina Bay and is operated by Oregon Sea Grant at State University and out front is small, yellow submarine – showing that this is a center that is committed to research.
Docked out front in the bay are research vessels that regularly make trips around to continue the focus on learning about the ocean.

What that means for visitors, is that depending on when you visit – there is always something new.
“We will always have the octopus tank and the tidepools, because they are popular, but the other exhibits we are constantly trying new things,” he said.

He even studied how people move through a facility like the marine science center and determined that people like going in a circular motion, so the exhibits are set up that way.

He is full of stories about failed exhibits, and will point out how some things are missed and others are working as designed.

“It’s always a work in progress,” he said. “The exhibits on the outside of the halls are pretty much final designs, while the exhibits in the interior are prototypes we are testing.”

Hanshumaker said people should expect to spend about an hour in the Center, not including time to pick something up in the gift shop. The Center is run on “suggested donations” and by far it’s the most educational time you will have in Newport.

Hanshumaker suggests an early afternoon visit, as there is no human food at the Center. However it’s a different story for the animal feedings take place.

“Science is more than telling a story of facts,” Hanshumaker said. “Here we come up with concept models that give people those facts and hopefully they will discover the story of how things work.”

About the Hatfield Marine Science Center: Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center creates a unique, dynamic environment for lifelong exploration and discovery. The Visitor Center encourages adults and children to enjoy marine science as they learn more about the natural world.

Our exhibits, programs and classes demonstrate how scientific research enhances our ability to interpret the natural patterns and forces that shape our world, and equips us to better appreciate, manage and sustain coastal and marine resources.

The Visitor Center also provides opportunities for conducting research on devices, methods and concepts for informal science education that will advance the art of life-long public education.

What to bring: A good dose of curiosity and a donation. Photography is allowed, but please no flash photography of the octopus. Comfortable shoes will also help, since most of the areas are walking and there are limited places to sit.

Tip: Hanshumaker says that most people go through only once and many exhibits are back-to-back, meaning you could miss several exhibits if you don’t go back through and take a different path. Also, make sure you stop and see the 3-D model of the planet earth, that shows everything from how weather patterns move, to how tsunami waves travel after an earthquake.

Season: The center is open year round.

Getting there: Enter SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, Oregon into the GPS and it should take you right there.

Newport is an hour west of Interstate 5 via Oregon Highway 20, the quickest (and least curvy) route between the Willamette Valley and the coast. The center is on the south side of Yaquina Bay, near the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Patrick Johnson

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Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport

Part museum, part active science lab, Hatfield Marine Science Center operates thanks to Oregon's flagship university and sits right next to the Yaquina Bay. The facility's public education wing houses a visitor center, featuring exhibits that showcase everything from new developments in modern marine research to the local fishing industry. You won't want to miss the major daily event--the feeding of the center's giant octopus, which occupies a large tank at the entrance into the exhibit area. The center strives to teach the public about ocean resource management, microscopic sea life, tide-pool habitats, and the effect of tsunamis on fragile coastal environments. Although admission is free, you can make a donation at your own discretion. Make Hatfield Marine Science Center part of your personalized Newport itinerary using our Newport vacation planning tool.

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A Basket star

(Gorgonocephalus eucnemis)

Contrary to appearances, this fantastical creature is a living animal. While a bit bizarre, this creature has some amazing adaptations that help it survive!

What is a Basket Star, exactly?

A Basket Star is a cousin to brittle stars and sea stars (which you can find in our touch pool)! Both basket stars and brittle stars have thin, “brittle” arms that easily break off, which make them a little different from the sturdy Ochre stars and Bat stars in the touch pools. All of these animals can regenerate an arm that has been lost.

How do they eat? I don’t see a mouth!

Basket Stars are suspension feeders, which is a specialized type of filter feeding. They live in areas where there is fast flowing water, and use their branched arms to grab anything floating by! This can include various plankton, fish larvae, small mollusks and crustaceans, and even jellyfish!

Where are they found; I’ve never seen one on the beach?

Basket Stars are found subtidally, which means you won’t find them in the tidepools. Most observers find them from 30 feet depths, all the way down to 1, feet! What a range!

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