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Hatfield Marine Science Center To Re-Open After 17 Month Closure

Oregon State University

The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will re-open to the public August 1 after a nearly 17-month closure.

Visitors will notice some changes from pre-pandemic days. There will be an entry fee for everyone five and older, and the visitor center will offer timed admission and a one-way loop through exhibits. Oregon State University, which operates the center, says the admission fee is temporary and will pay for extra staffing and public health measures.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018 and became News Director in March, 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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