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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 19 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I'm a science student so I really appreciated the exhibits here. They are very informative. The octopus is awesome and they have a bunch of other smaller aquariums. It is technically free, but they ask for donations and frankly they deserve it, it is a great place.

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Boise
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a great place! They just take donations instead of an admission charge. Their gift shop is cute and very well priced. We spent a nice afternoon there. And for the first time in my life I saw a giant octopus up close and I even got to touch it!

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Boise, Idaho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was a great stop while visiting the bayfront on a Monday afternoon. Many hands on exhibits and education on tsunami, earthquakes and preparedness. Gift shop and great activities for kids to teach about wave power......all hands on.

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Cardiff
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288 reviews 288 reviews
137 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a gem. Watch the video first. It's all on one floor in a circle and loaded with hands-on exhibits like building lego buildings, then destroying them with a tsunami; trying to stop water from eroding the sand; touching sea creatures like sea cucumbers, anemones (but no star fish & the docent explained the disease they are catching); looking under... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Wonderful displays and very educational. Octopus was amazing to watch. Octocam was fun to watch online afterwards.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This museum is hands on and free unless you wish to make a contribution. It has bones of sea creatures, a live octopus, and other live fish, and a touch tank. There are a few hands on science experiments for kids. It has some snacks in the gift shop.

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So Ponte Vedra Bch
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107 reviews 107 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Chock full of marine life and hands on exhibits Lovely volunteers helping kids enjoy hands on experience. They have a booth and for a small fee you can experience what standing in the middle of a hurricane feels like. .My grandson loved it! Many hours of fun and learning for the whole family. Don't miss the feeding of the Octopus,... More

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Auburn Ca, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

7-7-14 This was very interesting to my girls 6 and 11. Lot's of things to do, to touch, and microscopes to look through. They also have a nature trail which we really enjoyed. Stay here and enjoy this place and forget about going to the aquarium as it was a rip off and boring. No fee but a donation is... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

no entrance fee--just a donation. Several interesting exhibits but the Aquarium would probably be a better idea if you're looking for an interesting/educational experience. Next time we'll go there instead.

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Gladstone, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A great place to visit if you are at all interested in sea creatures, tides and the water around us. Many fun and interesting exhibits for adults and children. A shot film runs in the theatre there, every so many minutes and is very interesting. It is a great place to entertain the kids and not such a challenge to... More

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