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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 20 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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Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

They had a lot of hands-on exhibits. Unfortunately, many of them didn't work. Several had out of order signs. Two electronic educational games (fishing and diving) looked really interesting, however we couldn't make any sense out of how they were supposed to work. Some nice tanks of fish and other sea life. It's redeeming feature was that it was free.... More

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Felton, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

if your short of time or $$ this is a good use of your time and donation. you get a good sense of how terrifying it is to live on coastal NW Oregon & Washington.

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Oregon Coast, Oregon
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98 reviews 98 reviews
13 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Come to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and learn about the local ocean. Check out the piece of pier that floated all the way from Japan after the big quake. For the kids there are touch tanks... Did I mention it is FREE to get in. A worthy stop on the Oregon Coast!

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If it is raining, or if you have science buffs with you, this is a fabulous place. You can spend an hour and learn lots, or just stay all day to see all the exhibits and movies and demonstrations. Either way, you'll go away with a better appreciation of our ocean. And admission is by donation - how cool is... More

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Medford, Oregon
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9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I loved everything, the education you can learn about the coast. The science center is knowledgeable, and fun filled facts.

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Dallas, Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I love that this is a free science center. Donation are accepted and should be made; However, so many times families simply cannot afford a wonderful exhibit like this. Our grandsons (ages 1 and 4) really enjoyed the hands-on touching the water creatures tanks and the big fish tanks. Older children (and us really old children) enjoyed the educational exhibits.... More

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La Pine, Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Took my great granddaughters, they had to be pried away, there is so much to see and hands on activities-we're lucky to have this in Oregon, it's worth a trip just to go there.

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Springfield, Oregon
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43 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

My friends and I all purchased an Olympus TG-3 underwater camera and wanted to try it out in a more controlled environment than the open surf so we stopped by the Hatfield Marine Science Center that is a teaching facility of Oregon State University. Admission is free and we quickly zoned in on the hands-on tidal pools where we found... More

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Duarte, California
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156 reviews 156 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This Marine Center has so much potential but there were so many exhibit's that were empty or in the process being built, the fish tanks were very dirty and it was difficult to view the fish plus it is closed 3 days a week, Tuesday threw Thursday and the hours are short 10 am to 5 pm and an hour... More

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Pocatello
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98 reviews 98 reviews
17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a must do on the coast, very interesting. The staff is so friendly and very helpful, you could spend all day here.

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