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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Trick or Treat at the Visitor Center! - Join us from 10 am-4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 31 for Creatures of the Deep, a Halloween-themed program with marine bioluminescence displays and fun educational activities all day long. Wear your costumes and bring the kids for trick-or-treating from 1-3 pm. Admission, as always, is by donations to support our marine education programs. Download a flyer: PDF icon2015-halloween-flyer.pdf

Coming up: Autumn Homeschool Day!

 NOTE: Our central exhibit tank is currently without an octopus. When octopuses are in quarantine, receiving medical care or released back into the sea, there are no public feedings. When the tank is vacant, we may add a few of our other larger animals, such as skates or rockfish, to the tank for visitors and Octocam viewers to enjoy. We welcome donations of healthy octopuses brought up in fishing nets, crab pots, etc. - contact our aquarist for information.

 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.