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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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So much to play with!

Our kids are young teens and generally curious to explore. Not sure all kids their age would be the same, but ours loved it here. They played with all the interactive displays... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Mike B
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New Westminster, Canada
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New Westminster, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our kids are young teens and generally curious to explore. Not sure all kids their age would be the same, but ours loved it here. They played with all the interactive displays, looked at the tanks and displays and even read information! We spent over 2 hours here and had to coax them to leave. The volunteers were knowledgeable and... More 

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Michigan
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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the visit. Good displays. Particularly good for families with children. The octopus was very fun to see.

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Vancouver, Washington
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 27 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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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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