Welcome to the Visitor Center at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center

The Oregon Sea Grant-operated Visitor Center at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science in Newport encourages adults and children to enjoy marine science as they learn about the natural world. More than 150,000 people pass through the doors of the Visitor Center every year to view exhibits, participate in hands-on activities and learn about marine animals and resources and issues facing the coast and environment.

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Under Construction - Octopus wearing hard hat and weilding a hammer.Under Construction

The Visitor Center will be getting some exciting upgrades and will be closed Dec. 5, 2017, through Jan. 31, 2018, for construction. Please check the website for closure and construction updates before you visit.

 

Opal, the giant Pacific octopus

Octopus Update

Our octopus is currently housed in our aquatic animal holding area while we are under construction. We will have an octopus on exhibit when the Visitor Center opens up after construction on February 1st. 

We like to keep a backup octopus 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.