Welcom to OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center!

2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365-5229
(541) 867-0226


Labor Day to Memorial Day: Thursday through Monday 10am to 4pm

Memorial Day to Labor Day: 10am to 5pm Every Day

The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving, December 25 and New Year's Day.

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Whale Watchers

Whale Watch Week

December 26 through 31, 2014
10am - 4pm daily

During Whale Watch Week, thousands of Oregonians and visitors from all over flock to the Oregon Coast to look for gray whales making their annual southward migration. Gray whales leave the feeding grounds in the arctic heading south for the calving grounds off Baja California. Be sure to come take a look; trained volunteers are stationed at state parks up and down the coast to offer tips on spotting the big mammals. Here at the HMSC Visitor Center, we will have special programming every day during Whale Watch Week. At 1:30pm, attend a marine mammal program in Hennings Auditorium featuring hands-on whale biofacts such as baleen and skulls. Come visit our marine mammal displays and exhibits, see a marine mammal video in the auditorium, and keep up with local gray whale sightings by checking our posted lists. We're open daily from 10 am – 4 pm for this special Whale Watch Week event. 

Salmon shark coming out of water.

Shark Day

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Join us for a day celebrating sharks!  Explore shark themed exhibits, biofacts and films.  There are over 30 species of sharks that can be found off the coast of the Pacific northwest.

Are you afraid of sharks?  What about lightening or vending machines?  Come discover which is more dangerous - you may be surprised! 

Make sure to be here at 1:30pm for a salmon shark necropsy by Dr. Bill Hanshumaker!


Fossilized crab.Fossil Fest

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Attention all bone bugs and rock hounds - join us for our annual fossil fest!  Bring your fossils and other beach finds to be identified by local experts.  Enjoy a day full of exhibits on fossils including displays from the North American Research Group (NARG).  Join us in the auditorium for special presentations by Dr. Bill Orr, state paleontologist, and Guy DiTorrice, the Oregon Fossil Guy, times and presentation titles to be announced.

Marine Science Day

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Hatfield Marine Science Center is celebrating it's 50th anniversary!  Join thousands of residents and tourists who come explore the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center during Marine Science Day. Visitors experience a behind-the-scenes peek at the cutting-edge research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique.  There's something for  everyone at this free family-friendly public event.







Please Note: HMSC Visitor Center is a working learning research lab. We are recording the visits of our visitors to better understand what they choose to do and with whom in order to improve the visitor experience.