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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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So much to learn here!

A fascinating place with a lot of educational exhibits for both kids and adults. A couple of the exhibits weren't working but still plenty to do. The octopus and tide pools are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Saint Helens, Oregon, United States
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Saint Helens, Oregon, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A fascinating place with a lot of educational exhibits for both kids and adults. A couple of the exhibits weren't working but still plenty to do. The octopus and tide pools are great favorites. And its free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Since our last visit a few years ago new exibits have been added showing the effects of global warming and the danger of tsunamis. Very interesting and important knowledge. A must see when in Newport Oregon.

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Canby, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Our 2 year old daughter loved getting to touch the starfish and play with the wave makers! The octopus was a little shy when we went this time, but has been active and fun to watch in the past. Lots to do for all ages and a great price (donations) We will be back again and again

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Excellent place to spend a couple of hours. Very educational and free. A suggested donation encouraged! A must when in Newport!

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Troy, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The staff here is great and will teach you all about the exhibits. They have a lot to look at that teaches about the environments along the Oregon coast.

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Eugene, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We took our children 4 and 1 to watch the Octopus being fed today. You can get hands on with the sea anemones but that's about all. I think this place is best suited for Ocean enthusiasts and older children as my little ones didn't understand the exhibits therefore couldn't appreciate them.

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Newport, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Visitors need only make a small donation for entrance. Displays are not only kid friendly but fascinating for adults too! One could spend hours looking at the displays. Information abounds in very digestible packets! Even the gift store is geared more to education and entertainment, then commercial profit. Go often as there is never enough time to see it all.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

You will want to donate and keep the science center running every dollar helps. When I was a young mom and had very little money we would visit for a fun educational outing. Now we donate more and find it super rewarding. The staff are all super friendly and knowledgeable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This place was really cool. It was very interactive and you could touch almost everything, living or not, which my family loved. The staff was super friendly and knowledgable. Lots of fish tanks, fossils, ect, and amazing that it is by donation only. Highly recommended.

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Fife, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I feel this was very educational. They do have an octopus feeding that was interesting to watch. This would be very good for kids. . They also have hands on activities for kids and a touch pool

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