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“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.
An old estate turned museum with an expansive collection of different gems, minerals, and rocks. The highlights are the free rock digs and meandering trails. Worth a stop when heading west. Great... Read more
Very nice collection of rocks and minerals from around the world. Fascinating to browse the exhibits. Read more
Will see small but visible signs when you're almost there (thankful for signs because GPS went a little wonky). Looks like a couple homes but park and go to gift shop first. This is where you... Read more
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
- Wed - Fri: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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