Welcome to the Visitor Center

The Oregon Sea Grant-operated Visitor Center is the public education wing of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Over 150,000 people pass through the doors of the Visitor Center annually to see the exhibits, join in hands-on activities and learn about marine animals and issues facing the coast. Take a video tour of the Center.

New Octopus Settles in at the VC

We are delighted to announce that we have a new octopus on exhibit!

This female octopus was recently donated to us by a local fisherman and currently weighs about 14.5 pounds. We are not sure how old she is because an octopus' size depends on how much it eats. She is very active and is adjusting well to her new environment. 

Octopus feedings will be at 1 pm on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 

Octopus Donations welcome

We like to keep a backup octopus for when the tank's occupant needs a break or is ready to release back into the ocean to breed. We gladly accept live octopus donations from the fishing community, recreational fishers, tide poolers and beachcombers who have a state-issued shellfish license. Contact our aquarist if you have an octopus to donate.

What's New in the Tank?

The Angelfish hatched!

Two angelfish in the Project Piaba Exhibit have paired up and spawned.

We noticed the eggs on a leaf a few days ago. It appears the eggs hatched last night.

Watch the video to see how the parent keeps them all together in a group.

When one of the fry starts to swim away, a parent sucks them up into their mouth, then spits them back out to be with the group. Fascinating!

 Other Tank Happenings

Tidepool Touch Tanks

Roll up your sleeves and touch marine animals in our tidepool tanks! Gently pet fish, abalone and sea stars. Discover what happens when you stroke the sticky tentacles of a sea anemone. Friendly volunteers are on hand to answer questions and help you explore.

Tsunami Wave Challenge

How do tsunamis affect structures on the coast? Take the Tsunami Wave Tank Engineering Challenge! See if you can build something that will withstand the energy of a tsunami wave.

More Exhibits

Augmented Reality Sandbox

Visitors of all ages are welcome to play in this sandbox. At this exhibit, you move the sand in the sandbox and watch how the contour lines, projected on the sand, change. These contour lines, just like the ones on maps, mark different elevations.

Upcoming Events


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

Memorial Day to Labor Day
10 AM - 5 PM Daily

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1


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

Phone: 541-867-0100; Option 2