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Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

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Address: 26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124-9351
Phone Number: 15036472418
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Wed - Fri 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses a world-class...

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 fine rocks and minerals, but also fossils, meteorites, lapidary art, and gemstones from both the Pacific Northwest and all around the world.

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Hidden Gem!

I brought my father (a former rock hound and geo-chemist) here because I thought he might enjoy it. Turned out I liked it just as much! Beautiful and educational displays, so much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
cdhlnm
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I brought my father (a former rock hound and geo-chemist) here because I thought he might enjoy it. Turned out I liked it just as much! Beautiful and educational displays, so much to see! Helpful, knowledgeable staff. Doing the self-guided tour was nice because you can go quickly through some of the areas and take your time in others. I... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here with visitor from UK. Expected a small shed - not the beautiful house that is the museum. Collection of rocks, crystals and polished wood is breathtakingly beautiful. A must see for future visitors.

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Thank Muriel C
Portland, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

My kids love going to this place and its not expensive. The rainbow room which is dark and changes lights which makes the rocks display different colors is their favorite. The museum has some fossils too like a dinosaur nest and a fish eating another fish. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. The displays all say were the rock... More 

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Pac NW
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Very interesting and informative. Beautiful displays. If you love rocks, you'll love this place. Provided historical and geographic information using rocks and minerals. Great place to visit with young children.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

We've been there twice in the past 9 years....it's an amazing collection and beautiful grounds. Go there...you'll love it.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

This place is a bit off the beaten path for visitors to Portland but it is worth the drive, if you have the time. The extent and quality of the collection is astonishing. An added bonus is that the exhibit is in the custom built residence of the original collectors. Wonderful attention was paid to architectural details and materials in... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Always something new to see every time I go. Kids and adults love this place! Great place for a field trip or family outing.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I love the Rice Museum. They have a very large display of photo-luminescent rocks, both near UV and far UV reactive ones. By far one of my favorite geology displays. They also have good displays of rare, hard to collect, and unique formations. Recommended for anyone into geology of any age.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This attraction recently got mentioned in the AAA travel magazine as a local hidden gem. Imagine going to someone's house. Probably like a great-grandparent's house (because it was built in the 1950s, and it was the super-modern fantastic "modern" version at that time) and the original wood trims (windows, doors), kitchens, and bathrooms are still there. Actually even the carpet... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Two buildings housing extensive collection of specimens from all over the world. I love that the Rice's home is the main building for the museum. It shows how dedicated the Rice's were to their love of collecting! The "dark" room is amazing!

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