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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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Fun and free!

My twin 6 year olds LOVED it! We spent two hours there. Building mountains in sand, making waves, touching starfish and other creatures. Great place to visit!!

Reviewed 12 July 2016
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

My twin 6 year olds LOVED it! We spent two hours there. Building mountains in sand, making waves, touching starfish and other creatures. Great place to visit!!

Thank sniper1212
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

Great rainy day place for the kids! Movies, touch tanks, science... and it's FREE!!! It's almost better than the aquarium!

Thank Kristin H
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Superb selection of local sea-creatures to view and pet (!), and lots of very interesting historical and geographical information about the local marine environment. Plus donations all go to the university's marine science program.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

This was a fantastic way to spend an hour or so for absolutely free! Although, definitely make a donation because it's a good cause. Touch tide pools, interactive displays, and very informative. Had a great time, and our three year old daughter loved it.

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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

This place relies on donations so you could go for free but it is definitely worth the donation. We learned about tsunamis, waves, land formations and all kinds of ocean life.

Thank Melissa G
Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

What a great experience!! So much to learn!! Information you never knew existed! Questions answered immediately by very knowledgeable folks!

Thank dnrmom
West Linn, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Our kids are in their late 20s & we still have a great, interesting time! New exhibits (e.g., about invasive species from Japan after the tsunami) always coming up...

Thank Bostonvisitorxx
Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

This was our first visit. This museum/science center is free. The exhibits are very nice and a lot for kids to do. The staff was very nice and very educational. Lots of hands on water, sand, computer educational games, and microscopes to explore.

Thank Hopefull1995
Haliburton, Canada
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Reviewed 30 June 2016

Great attraction to visit at no charge. We spent several hours walking about and absorbing the displays and information. Could have spent longer and wonderful experience for families.

Thank Cannuk2014
Ramona, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

It's free and it's very informative. All about the ocean, things that live in the ocean, tsunamis and how they happen, interactive stations for learning. The staff is friendly and helpful. Donations keep this place going.

Thank rcurry17

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