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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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if you like the coast & natural science

a good place to take kids, or not, if you dont have kids. nice informative displays. don't dwell on the catastrophic cascadian earthquake and tsunami fear, and it will pass... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 October 2016
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Felton, California
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Felton, California
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

a good place to take kids, or not, if you dont have kids. nice informative displays. don't dwell on the catastrophic cascadian earthquake and tsunami fear, and it will pass without too much thought.

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Saskatoon
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The entire Center is great, but the Film in the Theater is a must see. It is great. They also have many excellent displays and a large number of hands-on exhibits. So glad we took the time to visit, and best of all the cost is by donation.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We had never been here. It was well staffed by volunteers, that answered all of our question. We went on a Saturday and it was not crowded. We were able to touch the Sea animals and they even had an Octopus.

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San Diego, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

My 15 month old grandson loved this place and so did I! Free but they accept donations, great octopus! Find out when she's being fed and be there for that if possible !

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Napa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

A unique impressive marine information center managed by the Oregon State University. . It has a large number of excellent displays about various marine studies and developments. One display notes that 50% of persons living in N America live within 50 miles of the ocean and 70 % in Calif do and shows the marine research centers located around N... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I do not know how to describe all the neat stuff they have here. You go in by donation, so even if you only have a short time, stop by. Check the dates for the octopus feeding; she eats 3 times a week. Do plan to spend some time here if you can, it's amazing and has wonderful interactive exhibits.... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

There are places where children can touch the sea urchins and other inhabitants of the ocean. It may not have many of the outside exhibits like its neighbor, ( Oregon Aquarium ) but the people who volunteer know their stuff and the kids love asking them questions about the sea. Great place for the whole family!

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I wasn't aware of certain sounds that whales make in the ocean. Took the time to really listen. I had no idea that a Blue Fin made the same sounds as a Radar blip. It reminded me of being on the USS PYRO making Medical Rounds aka Med Box Checks up on the bridge. Fun and educational displays abound for... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

My family visited Hatfield for the first time and enjoyed the many educational opportunities it presented. For free admission, you can see and interact with many experiments and ideas being studied currently by OSU students and staff. It might be small but it is packed with lots of things to see and do!

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Edinboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

If you have kids who love to get involved and be able to touch creatures and interact with exhibits, this is the place to stop. Entertaining as well as educational. For both kids and adults.

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