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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Shark Day

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10-4

Join us for a day all about sharks!  Shark exhibits, activities and films will be available throughout the day.  Come at 2:00 for a blue shark necropsy by Dr. Bill.


Fossil Fest

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10-4

Beachcombers and rock hounds won't want to miss this annual event!  See fossil exhibits, unique displays from the North American Research Group (NARG), have your beachfinds identified, and join us for special presentations by Oregon experts!


Whale Watch Week

March 25-31, 2017, 10-4

Thank you for visiting during Winter Whale Watch Week - a total while count will be coming soon! 

Join us again during the annual northern migration of the Eastern Pacific Gray whales March 25 to 31.  Come see special marine mammal exhibits and biofacts and daily whale counts.  Each day at 1:30pm in the Hennings Auditorium there will be a special marine mammal presentation.  See you there!


Opal, the giant Pacific octopusOctopus Updates

Come to the Visitor Center to meet our exhibit octopus Opal!  Join us for our octopus feeding presentations on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1:00pm. 

We like to keep a backup octopus in reserve for when the tank's occupant needs a break, or is ready to be released back into the ocean to breed.  We gladly accept live octopus donations from the fishing community, recreational fishers, tide poolers and beach combers in the area. Contact our aquarist if you have an octopus to donate.