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Hatfield Marine Science Center

2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365
541-867-0100
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Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Educational Sites, Science Museums
Description: 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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Michigan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

If you like hands on, up close and personal with marine wildlife, this place is for you. The aquarium is nice, but you can get hands on here without being arrested.

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Newport, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Admission by donation means families can have a unique experience that doesn't break their budget. My son loves to visit and find what is new as the Visitor Center is always changing/updating exhibits. The wave tanks and touch tanks are always a big hit as well.

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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The price is right (free - donations accepted), and people of all ages will find something to enjoy here. The educational displays change frequently, and you will always learn something new about the Oregon coast when you visit. The 'petting pool' of small fish and invertebrates (sea cucumbers, urchins, sea stars, anemones) is a wonderful 'hands on' experience, allowing you... More

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Newberg, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Yes, we've been here many times, but it's definitely a favorite. We took our grand-daughters and they loved being able to feel the sea creatures. The video in the theater is excellent to see before wandering through the center.

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Eagle Creek, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is a must go young, and old will enjoy. So much to learn and see. hands on touching is encouraged as well. The whole family will enjoy this attraction.

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Itasca, Illinois
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The science center had some great information to learn more about the ocean and surrounding area. It would have been even more fun if more of the exhibits were working. It was very disappointing to start to learn something and have the next station inoperable. It's a good value for the money (donation only), but still a little disappointing.

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Medford, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

loved the sharks. Gift shops were reasonable and well stocked and if you go early it is not to crowded. Everyone was helpful with questions asked.

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Very hands on. Tide pools, tidal wave simulation, aquariums, octopus, sonar, just all kinds of interesting thing to see and do. I enjoyed this place as much as the Oregon Coast Aquarium and it's free of charge (Donations accepted). If you have kids I highly recommend stopping here.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This year we went here instead of the aquarium and really enjoyed it! It is a smaller scale and covers other areas of research than the aquarium, but has some great displays and interactive learning experiences. My daughter is really into actual marine science, so she had a great time.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The displays are definitely different than at the Aquarium nearby, these seemed more geared for older kids or adults. The price was much lower too so it was an easy add-on. We also enjoyed the estuary walk behind the main building.

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