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Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124
503-647-2418
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Ranked #1 of 26 attractions in Hillsboro
Type: Museums
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I visited the museum today with my daughter who was back home from college. Although we know little about rocks and minerals, we decided to go there because it was a rainy day. I would never have imagined that we would enjoy looking at rocks so much! This is a gem of a place and well kept secret! We were... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

i've visited many natural history museums, but have never seen such an extensive collection of various petrified wood species, geodes, thunder eggs, meteorites and artistically carved and polished specimens of quartz and jasper. An entire gallery is devoted to specimens collected in the Pacific Northwest. A half hour from downtown Portland, we combined it with a visit to the Pittock... More

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Aloha, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I admit, I'm a nerd when it comes to rocks and minerals. I may not know what many of them are, but I kind of get lost in wonder while looking at geods, crystals, and fossils. This place does not disappoint!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

As all other reviewers have said, we expected folksy and boring. NOT! Spectacularly beautiful gemstones, petrified wood, crystals, fossils. All 3 of us couldn't stop saying "wow!" Every new room was a new wow. Totally unexpected amazingness.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I went to the Rice Museum because my Dad donated some crystals from his days of owning a rock crushing business when I was growing up. I was amazed at the extensive collection and the fact that the Rice family opened up their amazing home as part of the museum. Even if you are not interested in rocks...you will enjoy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My kids love coming here cause they are very interested in things like this. Even now that they are teens they still enjoy coming! We Love the festival they put on in August!

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portland,oregon
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5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This place hides right off the freeway but if you love rocks, then you need to stop. It's inexpensive but has a great collection of local and non-local rocks and minerals. Look for the gigantic thunderegg!

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This museum has such an extensive collection of rocks, minerals, petrified wood and fossil specimens. My kids and I have been there three times and have enjoyed each visit.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The entire house (which is pretty cool in itself) is full of a variety of rock collections, including fossils, glow room, gold and other cool items. Great rock pile out back that you can pick a rock from. Also gift shop on site.

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Pearl City, Hawaii
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35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

As other reviewers stated, it is an impressive "museum". With the road construction nearby, initially it was challenging to find the museum; its hidden amongst trees even. Apparently it was a private home converted into the Rice Museum. When you arrive go to the gift shop to purchase your entry tickets. We don't know much about rocks but the exhibits... More

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