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Hatfield Marine Science Center

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Address: 2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365
Phone Number: 541-867-0100
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Description: 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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Very good place for school-going kids

It's a nice place to explore science and marine life... Not that beneficial for me as my toddler was too young to understand most of the things. The layout and exhibits were very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It's a nice place to explore science and marine life... Not that beneficial for me as my toddler was too young to understand most of the things. The layout and exhibits were very interesting hence it's very challenging to keep the curious kitten from damaging any item. Will definitely visit it again when he's older.

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Cache Valley, UT
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This was as nice little aquarium/museum, with some interesting displays. Not very big, and geared more toward children. However, it was free (actually, I gave a $10 donation, but you don't have to), so it was an excellent value. It didn't take us long to go through everything, but it was still a worthwhile stop.

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Tigard, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The exhibits at the center are updated fairly frequently, giving visitors exposure to a variety of aspects of marine life and environments. The touch tank is always a hit, especially with kids. It is a great education experience and draws many school student groups to the exhibits. It is a great stop in Newport.

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Newport, Oregon
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

There really isn't much to this place. Some nice history to read about and artifacts behind glassed in counters and plexglass walls. With kids, it is a good educational place to visit. As far as all the photos of marine life that is posted on this listing???? - I am not quite sure that it is from the Hatfield Marine... More 

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Tigard, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We spent several hours at Hatfield Marine Science Center. The displays were informative and interesting.

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Sylvan Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very interesting displays and information boards, the one on the life cycle of a crab and on the sea star wasting syndrome, to mention just a couple. Photos are allowed so don't forget your camera. You can tell the staff love their jobs and marine life conservation. The free admittance fee just encouraged us to make a donation (quite nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We decided to take a chance here, because we hadn't really researched it until the day of our trip. After reading the TripAdvisor reviews decided it was worth it. And man was it great. My kids just couldn't stop with the hands on exhibits. Granted they are a little younger, so not learning as much as those exhibits are meant... More 

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Scappoose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Oh my gosh, I learned so much on the 50th anniversary visit. Lots of volunteers to guide you (if you couldn't follow the fishy trail on the floor)! Employees were outstanding in their explanations. The fish nursery/hospital was very educational. Exhibits were much better than I remembered. I will be back again when I can spend more time.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had a lot of fun! One of us was volunteering there for the day. The rest of us just got to enjoy being there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Our family had many fun times visiting the center, one time they let the children touch a octopus and it touched them back. Educational experience about the ocean and fish. And did I mention that its Free?

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