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Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

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Address: 26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124
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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Always something new to see every time I go. Kids and adults love this place! Great place for a field trip or family outing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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Thank diane s
Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Thank Greg H
Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place, it has an amazing variety of rocks that I have never seen before or since. They have the largest thunder egg in the world and it is amazing. Go during the summer festival which is Aug 6-7, this year I believe. The festival has vendors and neat things for sale and stuff for the kids to... More 

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Carlisle, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of six visited here because two of us are very interested in rocks and minerals. Well, it turned out to be a trip favorite for everyone. The collection is simply amazing and very well displayed. The history and architecture of the house are interesting as well. The staff was very welcoming and the grounds are beautiful, with some... More 

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PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Being the only rockhound in the family, my suggestion of visiting this museum was greeted with a healthy bit of skepticism by the family. However when we were done everyone agreed it was well worth the stop. This is an amazing collection of rocks and minerals. In fact I can't recall another museum I have visited that contained anything close... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

There's a decent collection of rocks/gemstones, etc, considering the size of the building. Worth it if you're interested in that stuff. They also have a room with fluorescent stones.

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

We saw the museum on the way to the beach and decided to go back another day. Glad we did, as we spent two and a half hours going through the museum. They have an incredible collection of minerals and rocks. The collection of rocks from Oregon was most impressive and the variety of petrified woods was spectacular! The staff... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This was one of the coolest places we saw on our vacation to the Northwest. This is one of the most extensive rock and mineral museums in the country. I am not a rock lover, but this museum was very interesting. There were so many unique rocks from all over the world. The house (which actually use to be the... More 

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