Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals Reviews: 4.5/5

Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums • Science Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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rollingstoneman
Golden, Colorado, USA102 contributions
Great little museum
Sep 2021
Very well-organized private museum, emphasizing Oregon rocks, minerals, and fossils. LOTS of beautiful petrified wood slabs ! Also mineral crystals from the U.S. and elsewhere. Gift shop also.
Allow 60 to 90 minutes to see all the rooms,
It's not open every day, so check out the website for days & hours.
Written October 16, 2021
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Scott-Melody
Sandy, UT287 contributions
A Gem of a Place! Pun intended!
Jul 2021
When we first pulled up, I thought, "what a waste." It just looked like a house with a small building to the side of it.

But, when we went in and paid, we walked into the side building I was amazed.

There were hundreds of beautiful specimens of rocks, minerals, and things of all kinds.

They even had a collection of gold specimens that was fun to see.

I've been to lots of mineral exhibits but the Rice family collected a beautiful collection, better than many large museums.

It is way out in the country. The museum used to be the home of the Rice family and then it was converted into a museum.

$10 for seniors, $12 for adults, $8 for students.

There are also things for the kids to do and try. The kids had fun.
There is a gift shop where you can buy small rocks and minerals that was also fun for the kids.

Definitely worth the drive and the cost.
Written July 4, 2021
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PrincessAnnH
9 contributions
Love those Rocks
Dec 2018 • Family
This place is for people of all ages. My sister, Mother and I went to see the wonders this Museum holds. Rocks, gems and precious stones from all over the State of Oregon, as well as the world. The room where the rocks glow in The dark are especially awesome!
Written November 6, 2019
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Alina B
8 contributions
Lovely place, informative, interesting: good for groups!
Apr 2019
This is a (forgive the pun) a gem of a place, with a lot of very interesting rocks and fossils and well-informed docents. They are extremely welcoming to school groups, and do a great job with a very interesting and well-paced tour.
Written November 5, 2019
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Duane W
Salem, OR175 contributions
you just can not imagine
Aug 2019
There is no way to describe this place in a way that would make it sound as truly amazing as it is. The place is room after room of wonder and your imagination can not help but go into overdrive. I highly recommend this for all ages.
Written August 19, 2019
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503beron
Hillsboro, OR8 contributions
Gave an annual family pass as a gift and the family is thrilled!
Sep 2018
We gave this annual pass to our great grandchildren and the family is very happy to take "field trips" to the various places the annual pass covers, the zoo, and other museums. Worth every penny for a thoughtful gift.
Written August 6, 2019
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bif1954
Hillsboro, OR8 contributions
Unique and interesting
Apr 2019
We have been here several times. The Easter egg hunt is great for kids and adults alike as everyone gets a geodesic. The museum has a lot of unique and interesting displays
Written August 6, 2019
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Jenni F
35 contributions
Lots to learn and do.
Aug 2019 • Family
Spent several hours here while in town for a soccer tournament. We lucked out and it was their summer festival. The museum itself is truly a gem and the building it's housed in is so interesting. The grounds were fun to explore and there were fun children activities like panning for gold and a scavenger hunt. My 12 year old son said he would have liked to stay longer...Always a good sign in my book
Written August 3, 2019
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Yael P
80 contributions
A true hidden gem!
Jul 2019 • Family
We absolutely loved visiting the Rice museum of rocks and minerals. The guide who did a small tour of the fossils room was so nice and knowledgeable.
The different rooms were impressive and I loved the fact that we were in the actual home of the Rice family. There were many very impressive rocks and minerals on display. I spent a good bit of time outside in the rockpile with my son, who got to pick a rock to take home (all kids do). There's plenty on display to see outside as well.
My son got fed up at some point, but I'm definitely planning to go back again on my own at some point.

Written July 15, 2019
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Toni N
Black Diamond, WA91 contributions
What a great place to spend some time!
May 2019 • Family
This is such a unique and special museum put together by experts in the field. The setting is in an older home with an informal parking lot but do not let that decide for you whether or not to visit. There are so many different displays, so much neat information and facinating things to look at. Some hands on activities for children and they will love the Rainbow Room with glow in the dark rocks. The gift shop is small but has many fun items for you to take home with you - of all different price levels. I encourage you to plan on 2 hours at this really neat place so you can look at everything.
Written May 29, 2019
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Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals is open:
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM