Welcome to OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center!

Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center creates a unique, dynamic environment for lifelong exploration and discovery. The Visitor Center encourages adults and children to enjoy marine science as they learn more about the natural world.

Our exhibits, programs and classes demonstrate how scientific research enhances our ability to interpret the natural patterns and forces that shape our world, and equips us to better appreciate, manage and sustain coastal and marine resources.

The Visitor Center also provides opportunities for conducting research on devices, methods and concepts for informal science education that will advance the art of life-long public education.

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"How Quiet is the World Ocean?" Scientist Presentation

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 2:00 in the Hennings Auditorium

The biological impact of noise pollution in the ocean is poorly understood. Though noise in the sea has been recorded using hydrophones, biological impacts by human-induced acoustics are difficult to identify without knowing the baseline of natural occurring sound. During 2015, a hydrophone was deployed in the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. You now have the opportunity to hear and compare the sounds that permeate the world ocean, including rumbles from deep-sea earthquakes, vocalizations of whales, ship prop’s cavitation, active military sonar, even the sounds of ice bergs as they crack or scrape across the ocean bottom.


Fossils of OregonFossil Fest

Saturday, Fabruary 13, 2016, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Do you like agates?  Have a fossil from the beach you can't identify?  Then we have the event for you!  Join us for our annual Fossil Fest event where you will see special displays, can identify your beach finds and swap stories with other rock hounds!  Special lectures by Guy "Oregon Fossil Guy" DiTorrice and Dr. William Orr - download our flyer for details: fossil-fest-2016.pdf (941.64 KB)


Montgomery, a giant Pacific octopus



Welcome Montgomery, our current giant Pacific octopus, resident of the central exhibit tank and star of the popular Octocam! After successful quarantine and acclimation in our Animal Husbandry Wing, he's ready to meet the public. Public feedings, with educational presentations about octopus behavior and biology, take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 pm through our winter season.


Check out some photos from our 2015 Marine Science Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.