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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HMSC 50th Anniversary Celebration - Aug. 7, 4:30 pm - Featuring speakers, an historical slide show and a new video celebrating HMSC's bright future. The Celebration, located outdoors in front of the HMSC Visitor Center, will be followed by a reception in the Visitor Center from 5:30pm to 7pm. Before the Celebration, at 3 pm, NOAA chief scientist and OSU alum Rick Spinrad will give a special alumni presentation in the Visitor Center auditorium.

Summer Estuary Walks

Daily (except Wednesday) starting June 22 - 11 am. 

Join our trained interpreters for an informative walk along the Yaquina Estuary Trail. Learn about the estuary ecosystem and the animals and plants that call it home.

Guided Bird Walks - Wednesdays - 11 am.

Shipwreck talks - Fridays - 1:30 pm through Sept. 4 (except Aug. 7)

Dressed as her shipwreck persona “ The Captain’s Wife,”  Pacific Maritime Heritage Center host and historyteller, Tami Whittlesey, presents a 20-minute program "Rescue, Recovery and Loss: Yaquina Bay Shipwrecks" each Friday in the Hennings Auditorium.


Coming up:

R/V Thompson live call: Axial Seamount - Sat., Aug. 22, 1:30 pm. - Join us in the Hennings Auditorium for a live, 30-minute ship-to-shore call with HMSC researchers from the Axial Seamount, an undersea volcano 300 miles off the Oregon coast that erupted this April. Come find out what they discover in the first "dive-by" using a remotely operated vehicle to investigate what happened during the eruption. Sea Grant educator Bill Hanshumaker will accompany the cruise, and will launch a student-built unmanned sailboat for Oregon students taking part in NOAA's Educational Passages project, a long-term effort to track and understand ocean winds and currents.


Rubber Duck Derby at Marine Science Day

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