The Visitor Center has acquainted visitors with marine species, marine research and the coastal environment since June of 1965. Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and NASA provided funds to remodel the Visitor Center and its exhibit spaces in 1997. Today, Oregon Sea Grant manages this unique facility, which continues to provide a valuable link between the public and the exciting world of marine research and education.
The Visitor Center is proud to be a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center, one of 22 such centers nationwide that teach, share research, and inform the public about our coastal and marine habitats.
This exciting public facility is part of OSU's larger Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center, a campus of laboratories and classrooms where scientists and students from the university, along with numerous state and federal resource agencies, conduct world-class research on topics ranging from whale migration and undersea volcanoes to global climate change. The Visitor Center helps bring their work to the public through exhibits, lectures, seminars and other activities. Admission is by donation.