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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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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Great place if you like rocks and minerals

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ron D
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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mcminnville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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Beaverton, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

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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