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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
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Honolulu, Hawaii
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
34 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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Stayton, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We were impressed, lots and lots of really neat rock. fossils, crystals, meteorites, petrified wood .glow under ultraviolet light ones, and much more. the displays were clean, well lit and interesting! The staff was fun and knew a lot, would stop by once in a while, while we were browsing. The best rock display I have ever seen!

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St Helens
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158 reviews 158 reviews
64 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Small museum, but their collection of odd crystalline structures that look like fur growing on rock is wonderful. Lovely colors in many of the pieces and a delightful little gift shop make it a recommended stop.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

My husband and I were looking for something to do to celebrate my birthday so we looked on trip advisor for fun things to do in Oregon and we decide to go to the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals we thought we would go here then head on to Portland but to my amazement we walked into the... More

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Olympia, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
22 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I spent the afternoon at this home / museum. It is interesting to see that the former owners home is now a museum. I really liked the part of the museum that shows how common every day products come from rocks.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I joined my boyfriend to this museum as he enjoys learning more about what comes from the earth. I was amazed as what I saw, I thought I would be bored, but what I saw seemed surreal.

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North, Idaho
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

A quaint museum with Northwest charm that houses a wealth of world class specimens! My 13 year old son and I visited the museum for a homeschool field trip. When we arrived I was leery that we had made a mistake. The exterior was clean well trimmed, but it was a house/garage and shop converted into a museum...I was worried.... More

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Hillsboro, Oregon
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My family avoided going for a couple of years, I mean really, rocks?? Our grandson's class went on a field trip and drug us there the next weekend. It was amazing!! Acouple of months later, our 8 year old grandson insisted on having a birthday party trip there for he and his friends. My favorite room was the petrified wood... More

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