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

2030 SE Marine Science Drive
HMSC Glass Quilt Giving CampaignNewport, OR 97365-5229
(541) 867-0226

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Fern and fossil


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bring in your fossils and agates to show off and identify with other beachcombers during our annual day-long Fossil Fest event! Explore our special exhibits in the Visitor Center and mingle with other like-minded fossil-philes from the North American Research Group.

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Hennings Auditorium Events

  • 11:30am Guy DiTorrice presents: Dig Sites in the Fire Creek Formation
  • 1:30pm Dr. William Orr presents:  In Search of the Conodont Animal


Giant Pacific Octopus (not Captain Stubs)


We are pleased to announce the new name of our new Giant Pacific Octopus who resides in the centrally-located octopus tank in the Visitor Center. This 13 lb female has been dubbed "Velma." She was generously given to us by the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center to see Velma up close, or you can view her virtually via OctoCam.





Fred Duerr


Saturdays 1:30pm*

(*No Fred Talks on April 26 or May 10)

Dr. Fred Duerr is currently delivering 20-minute presentations in the Hennings Auditorium on Saturdays. His current topic is “Potable Water,” which includes tips on how to access to drinking water after a natural disaster. All ages are welcome to attend these free offerings.

Fred is originally from St. Paul Minnesota and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1965. He became a tenured faculty member at three different universities until he retired from full-time teaching. Fred then taught various science classes as a part-time instructor at multiple colleges and universities in the Northwest including teaching at Oregon Coast Community College until retirement in 2010. Fred is now writing multiple books and currently volunteers at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in an effort to share his knowledge and passion for science and environmental issues with the public.



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.