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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Events

 

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. The Visitor Center will be open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during Whale Watch Week.  Come see special marine mammal exhibits and biofacts and daily whale counts.  Each day at 1:30 p.m. in the Hennings Auditorium there will be a special marine mammal presentation.  See you there!

 

Marine Science Day

April 8th, 2017, 10-4

Join the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon for an open house!

Get behind-the-scenes to experience the research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique in the Pacific Northwest.

MEET scientists! Come LEARN what's new on the Oregon Coast's most dynamic Marine Science campus. See our Marine Science Day Schedule of Events.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by email to the HMSC Director's Office or by phone, 541-867-0234.

Admission is FREE! No tickets required. Donations appreciated.

Map, directions and public transportation here.

Volunteers NEEDED! Sign up is now available for 2 hour shifts as greeters. Adult/child pairs encouraged!


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 1:00 p.m. 

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.