Welcome to OSU's Hatfield Marine Science 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 lifelong public education.

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* August 21st THE VISITOR CENTER WILL BE CLOSED for the Total Solar Eclipse *


Join us for our summer guided estuary walks and learn about the Yaquina estuary and the plants and animals that thrive there. Estuary walks will be offered Tuesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m. during the months of July and August. 

August 18th & 20th at 1:30 p.m. - "The August 21st Total Solar Eclipse, from the partial phases through the darkness of totality and back again" presentations in the Hatfield Marine Science Center Hennings Auditorium

August 21st - Total Solar Eclipse - THE VISITOR CENTER WILL BE CLOSED

Opal, the giant Pacific octopusOctopus Updates

We do not have a giant Pacific octopus on exhibit at this time. You can still see an octopus when you come to the Visitor Center. Check out our smaller native Pacific red octopus currently exhibit.

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.