“Huge collection of gems and crystals”
The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is a non-profit museum in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. Located just north of the Sunset Highway on the northern edge of Hillsboro, the earth science museum is in the Portland metropolitan area. Opened in 1997, the museum’s collections date to the 1930s with the museum housed in a home built to display the rock and mineral collections of the museum founders. The ranch style home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first of its kind listed in Oregon.The museum sits on 23 wooded acres (9.3 ha), with the main building containing of space. Collections include petrified wood, various fossils, fluorescent minerals, meteorites, zeolites, and a variety of other minerals. With more than 20,000 specimens, the museum is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The facility has around 25,000 visitors each year, many of whom are on school tours.HistoryRichard L. Rice married Helen Hart in 1932 and the couple began rock collecting in 1938 after finding agates along the Oregon Coast. In 1952 the Rices built a new home north of Hillsboro on 30 acres (12.1 ha) that would later house the museum. The Rices founded a museum in 1953 to display their collections. Their collections won them the Woodruff Trophy three years in a row at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, which led to that trophy's retirement. Helen served as president of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies from 1959 to 1960.
The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is one of the world's finest collections of crystals from worldwide localities. In addition you will see spectacular fossils, meteorites, petrified woods, oddities, fluorescents, lapidary arts and the best from the Northwest. The collection is housed in a unique 1953 ranch-style house which is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The museum is a wonderful place for all ages. Hours: Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Admission Cost: Adult - $7.00, Senior (60+) - $6.00, Students (5-17) - $5.00, Children 4 and under are free.
Set in a surprising location along the freeway in an old house within a cluster of trees, the Rice Museum is the perfect place for any geological enthusiast to geek out. With dinosaur bones, petrified trees, a great precious gems collection and a number of other sizable exhibits - we were really impressed with the collection. The curator was exceptionally kind and along with showing my two boys a video and taking them to the archive room to show them a couple of items which were not yet on display, she also gave them each a sunstone sample from their collection. We ended the visit pouring through the pile of discarded rocks in the garden. Really well worth the visit. When coming from Portland make sure you pay attention and take the turn at the over pass, apparently lots of people miss it and have to wait a few miles for a place to turn around
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Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
- Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Wed - Fri: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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