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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
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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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Such a great place!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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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Thank Afrobison
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

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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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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I went to both the aquarium and the science centre. The science centre is by donation so you set your price and just has so much more to offer. It has aquariums, it has artwork, it has history, it has interactive instalments, it has touch tanks, it has an octopus! My favourite was the topographic sand table, it's straight up... More 

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Lansdale, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

This place is amazing. They have something to interest anyone. We got a good understanding of the marine life in the area - with fish tanks to enhance the information. We went late in the day and would have loved to stay longer. There are interactive displays for kids and adults. Don't miss this!

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Felton, California
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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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