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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Guided Estuary Walks

Join us for a guided walk along the estuary trail this summer to learn about the estuary and the plants and animals that live there. Guided walks are on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:00 a.m.


Octopus Update

We released our giant Pacific octopus on June 7th. He was an awesome exhibit animal, but we are happy to see him head out to sea. Our scheduled octopus feedings will be postponed until June 14th while we get the tank ready for a new exhibit animal.

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 that have a state issued shellfish license. Contact our aquarist if you have an octopus to donate.

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Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR  97365-5229

Phone: 541-867-0226

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Labor Day to Memorial Day
10:00AM - 4:00PM Thursday - Monday

Memorial Day to Labor Day
10:00AM - 5:00PM Daily

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 25th and January 1st