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At the HMSC Visitor Center on Oregon's beautiful central coast, visitors of all ages explore and discover the wonders of our world.


Hatfield Marine Science Center

Located on Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, the Visitor Center is the public wing of Oregon State University's Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center and is managed by Oregon Sea Grant.

Exhibits feature live marine animals, interactive puzzles and games that demonstrate current marine science research.


Nye Beach, Oregon

Whether you're stopping by on a visit to the coast, a teacher looking for educational field trip opportunities or a family in search of fun and informative activities for all ages, you'll find it here.

In addition to our regular exhibits and programs, we offer custom tours and classes tailored to the needs of your group. Contact us in advance to plan a special visit.


Yaquina Bay Bridge

The Visitor Center is located on the beautiful central Oregon Coast, just an hour from the Willamette Valley and two hours from Oregon's major metropolitan centers.

Read our FAQ to learn more about the center and the region, and be sure to check the weather and tide tables before you come.


TO LEARN MORE ... Follow the links on the left!


9/17/2013. 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.  More info

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