The Visitor Center has welcomed visitors to learn about marine species, research and the coastal environment since 1965.

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. Oregon Sea Grant manages this unique facility, which provides a valuable link between the public and the exciting world of marine research and education.

The Visitor Center is a public facility and 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 to the Visitor Center is by donation.