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Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Closes in 5 min: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A very interesting nearby museum

I've driven past this museum many times over the years -- always on my way to the beach or back... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beaverton, Oregon
A Smithsonian associate museum

This place has been featured on "Atlas Obscura". A hidden gem just off of OR26 highway! There's... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hillsboro, Oregon
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The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses a world-class collection recognized as the finest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the nation. Located just west of Portland, Oregon, in Hillsboro, the Museum showcases not only...more
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26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124-9351
+1 503-647-2418
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've driven past this museum many times over the years -- always on my way to the beach or back. I've frequently commented to my wife that I'd like to visit this museum sometime. We took advantage of our Oregon Zoo memberships to get reciprocal...More

1  Thank rickh57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has been featured on "Atlas Obscura". A hidden gem just off of OR26 highway! There's even a huge pile of geodes and other treasures for kids to sort through and keep. Well displayed collection, including a fairly large meteorite!

1  Thank garryej
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Take any age child to this museum and they will revel in the sizes, shapes and colors of these wonderful displays of rocks and minerals. the setting is very peaceful with huge fir trees surrounding the buildings. There is a gift shop (of course) that...More

1  Thank hollyf488
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We have been here several times. The rock collection from all over the world is impressive. Many displays of petrified wood that are amazing. The 1950’s home where the Museum is located is worth the visit. We attended an Easter Egg Hunt(not your usual) that...More

1  Thank Sue P
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Rock museum in a 50s house. The Rices collected rocks from all over the world. Many interesting displays especially petrified wood and thunder eggs. Knowledgeable docents. You don’t need to be interested in geology to find the museum interesting. Many hands on opportunities.

Thank jdana130
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Such a cool place. A bit pricey at $10 a head, but they have some pretty amazing specimens and a really cool gift shop with a good price spectrum. To us, it rivals the Smithsonian collection in Washington D.C., albeit sans the Hope diamond and...More

Thank TravelinMan020
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Four of us went from ages 60-95 and we all walked away amazed and impressed. I have lived near/driven by this Museum for over 30 years. Who knew rocks and minerals could be so spectacular! We only stayed an hour as the 95 year old...More

1  Thank Mel L
Reviewed 18 June 2018

There are rocks that glow in the dark, rocks from all over the world, fossils and all manner of lovely things in the gift shop. There is a outdoor picnic area with a place where kids can pick a free rock! pretty cool.

1  Thank LaurettaYoung
Reviewed 16 June 2018

I spent 4 hours walking through and want to go again. I wish we could take pictures. So many cool rocks!

Thank Donnie H
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Never cared about rocks? You will after viewing the huge rock and mineral collection at the Rice Museum. And it's housed in the ultimate Mid-Century abode.

1  Thank sandyldavis
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