Welcome to the Hatfield Visitor Center!

We are operating on our summer schedule and are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets ($5 for ages five and up) are available online and at the door.

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Information for Visiting Groups

  • Pre K-12 and University Precollege Student Groups
    • Visitor Center Only - Cost is $5 per person, please pre-register your group here.  
    • Visitor Center + Lab and Field Experience - All K-12 and Precollege student groups that add a marine education lab and field experience to their visit receive complimentary time in the visitor center. 
  • University and Community Groups (i.e. Road Scholars, Scout Groups, family groups) please buy a ticket here.
    • If any group is interested in adding a class to their visit, please visit our Marine Education Program's lab and field experiences page to view the current class offerings. All registrations for lab and field classes AND visitor center exploration can be submitted together through their online registration system listed on their page.

Snap Shots from the VISITOR CENTER

Shout Out to Our Amazing Volunteers!

We are blessed to have such an amazing group of volunteers at Hatfield. Watch this video and learn what inspires them to join our volunteer crew and share their time and talents with the community. You can hear from more Hatfield volunteers at this YouTube playlist. Interested in joining them? Learn how here.


We recently moved the giant Pacific octopus out of the exhibit area in preparation to be released back into the ocean. Octopuses are short-lived, so we try to keep them for only a few months before returning them to the ocean - usually when they begin to show signs of senescence (aging).

We are looking for a new octopus; please help spread the word about donating an octopus to the Visitor Center. While we wait for another octopus, you can still see the other creatures in the large exhibit tank such as the wolf eel, the monkeyface prickleback, striped surfperch and buffalo sculpin via the octocams.

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. 

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

Tide Pool Touch Tank

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 visitors of all ages.

How many pipefish can you find?

Look closely as the camera pans through the eelgrass and see how many pipefish you can find. The video pans through the eelgrass a second time and shows you where these fish are hiding out.

Pipefish can be found around wharves, floating freely in tide lines, or camouflaging themselves in eelgrass beds and patches of seaweed in bays and estuaries. Fun fact: The female pipefish transfers eggs to the male's brood pouch, where he cares for developing young. Pipefish and seahorses belong to the same family, which is why their little faces are so similar.


Summer Schedule (Memorial Day to Labor Day): Open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Regular Season Hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day): Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. -  4 p.m.
Buy a ticket online before you visit or purchase a ticket at the front desk.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day


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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