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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Gray Whale breaching out of the ocean

Whale Watch Week

March 21 through 28, 2015

Springtime on the Oregon Coast means gray whales will be passing by with their calves on an annual Northward migration from birthing lagoons in Baja, Mexico to feeding grounds off Alaska. Here at the Hatfield Marine Science Center we offer Spring Whale Watch Week from March 21 - 28 to celebrate these school bus sized cetaceans. Throughout the week the Visitor Center will be open from 10 am to 5 pm everyday. Come check out our marine mammal relatled displays, biofacts, and films. A marine mammal presentation is offered daily at 1:30 pm in the Henning's Auditorium and is fun and educational for the whole family. 

Marine Science Day

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Hatfield Marine Science Center is celebrating it's 50th anniversary! Join thousands of residents and tourists who come explore the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center during Marine Science Day. Visitors experience a behind-the-scenes peek at the cutting-edge research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique. There's something for everyone at this free family-friendly public event.  For more information visit the Marine Science Day page.

Please Note: HMSC Visitor Center is a working learning research lab. We are recording the visits of our visitors to better understand what they choose to do and with whom in order to improve the visitor experience.