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Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Closes in 23 min: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Open today: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Dazzling display of mineral wealth

This is a place we love taking friends with any interest in rock-hounding, geology, or lapidary... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hillsboro, Oregon
Great for an afternoon with the kids

This place is a fun afternoon with the kids. It's got a good balance of "explore on your own" and... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2018
Portland, 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 3 weeks ago

This is a place we love taking friends with any interest in rock-hounding, geology, or lapidary work. The world's largest rhodochrosite and a splendid, ever-expanding supporting cast of samples make this a place to visit at least once in your life.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank norcekri
Reviewed 3 November 2018

This place is a fun afternoon with the kids. It's got a good balance of "explore on your own" and "listen to an expert." They periodically have someone talking about one of their exhibits. We joined one on Meteors with my 11 year-old and it...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 2 November 2018

Such a nice place, so many rocks. They also have some fossils, and a nice wooded area in the back for walking around a bit. The bathrooms are clean.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Wander31270520487
Reviewed 13 October 2018

Well there is a sign on the highway but it doesn't do justice to the place. Fascinating minerals on display. This showcases the beauty of nature. Great for all ages. Kudos to the people running it---they cant make a lot of money so its also...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank marv v
Reviewed 9 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank rickh57
Reviewed 28 August 2018

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!

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank hollyf488
Reviewed 7 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

Date of experience: April 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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