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Wed, Jun 15, 2016

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It’s here! After months of anticipation and nine years of development, The University of Oregon has opened a brand new public museum and aquarium for visitors of all ages in Charleston!

The 6,000-square-foot Charleston Marine Life Center , located on the campus of UO’s Institute of Marine Biology, is the newest destination on Oregon’s South Coast. Just watch their new video and you’ll see the UO’s Marine Life Center was worth the wait!

The new museum features five different exhibits that include

  • 13 foot skull of a humpback whale in addition to marine specimens collected by university researchers dating back 50 years.
  • Underwater Oregon Gallery. By using a touch screen visitors can select dive sites and see the incredible marine life found in deep waters off of Oregon. Just spend a few minutes exploring and you’re guaranteed to see a multitude of marine life you may have never known existed.
  • Marine Ecosystem Gallery, an aquarium gallery filled with aquatic life from the surrounding area including a giant pacific octopus! It even includes a shallow touch tank may (gently!) handle starfish, hermit crabs, and more.
  • The Oregon Fisheries Gallery is an open-air deck where visitors can look and see fishing vessels coming and going from the harbor, as well as unloading their latest catch. The real star of the Oregon Fisheries Gallery are the interactive display panels that will inform visitors of fishing equipment, commercially important species of fish, and the role marine life has played with ancient cultures.  See the Oregon coast in a way that you’ve never seen it before.
  • The Marine Mammal Gallery is home to the complete skeletons of a 23 foot long orca and a 35 foot long California grey whale, as well as skulls and bones of smaller whales, sea otters, and seals. Furthermore, visitors can look out through the large windows to harbor seals and sea lions.

So add this your Oregon Coast bucket list this summer! The museum’s admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for children and students of the University of Oregon. The museum is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday. Visit their website for more info.


(541) 269-0215
50 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

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