Welcome to the Hatfield Visitor Center!

Open 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Monday. Please buy a ticket online before you visit.

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What to expect when visiting

  • Buy a ticket online before you visit.
  • Fee: $3 for visitors ages 5 and up; payment is online-only, Visa or MasterCard accepted.
  • Tickets are good for the whole day.
  • Days/Hours: Open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Groups: If you are planning a visit with a group (student or community groups larger than 15 people), please use this link to schedule your group for the Visitor Center. During the registration process, you will select “Visitor Center w/ Entry Fee.”
  • Face coverings: Masks are welcomed but not required.

Snap Shots from the VISITOR CENTER

Have you ever wondered how oysters are commercially raised?

Stop by our oyster tank next time you are in for a close-up underwater view.

Also, oysters aren't the only thing to flourish in this tank. Oyster farms are home to gunnels, crabs, sea stars and more. Look closely and see how many creatures you can find.

Special thanks to the Oregon Oyster Farm, which provides oysters for this tank.

octopus NEWS

We feed our resident giant Pacific octopus on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. During the feeding time, an aquarist gives a short presentation and is on hand to answer your questions. Below is a video of an octopus feeding time at the Visitor Center. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ octopus page.

Octo Riddle: How do you make an Octopus laugh?
With ten-tickles!

Using a simulator, a child steers a research ship through Yaquina Bay in an exhibit at the Hatfield Visitor Center. His father stands near him and points to the screen in front of them.

Regional Class Research Vessel

This interactive simulator let's you experience what it feels like to be at the helm of a large research vessel and steer it through Yaquina Bay. 

A close up view of a crab. Its eye stalks peer straight ahead. Also, its massive front claws are in view.

Oregon Coast Crustaceans

This exhibit showcases crustaceans found along the Oregon coast. By displaying these animals in smaller interconnected tanks, it is possible to keep more than one species in harmony.

 

More Exhibits

Children and their moms gather around the augmented reality sandbox at Hatfield Visitor Center. A light projects a topographic image on sand below. The map shifts as the sand shifts in the sandbox.

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.

What is this creature?

A moonglow anemone with transparent arms and a bright red ring around its mouth

Moonglow anemones live in intertidal and shallow subtidal zones throughout the Pacific Northwest. They are often found partially or fully buried in the sand with their body column stretched down into the sand to find a solid place to attach themselves. They can also be found in holes in rocks carved out by boring clams or urchins. Unlike their more common cousins green anemones, moonglows are often found singly or in small groups.

It's a Moonglow AnEMONE

A moonglow anemone with transparent arms and a bright red ring around its mouthWhile they look delicate, any animal that lives in the intertidal zone has to be hardy to survive in the ever-changing conditions. You can see these incredible animals in their natural habitat at local beaches like Seal Rock State Park, and in the Visitor Center, currently residing with the Northern Kelp Crab in the Crustacean exhibit!

This text is based on an article by Emily Bjornsgard for our March volunteer newsletter (pdf).

Upcoming Events

Do you have a group interested in exploring the Visitor Center? You can make a reservation for your group here.

Hours

Open: 10 AM - 4 PM Thursday through Monday
Buy a ticket online before you visit.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Location

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

Phone: 541-867-0100; Option 2
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