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“A family hobby that became famous”

Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Ranked #1 of 54 things to do in Hillsboro
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Hillsboro, OR
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158 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“A family hobby that became famous”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is the only *pure* rock and mineral museum in the PDX area. It was a family home and hobby, and so many folks were awed by so many of the displays that the Rice family made the home into the museum. Great collections of Thundereggs, and Oregon favorite and unique to our volcanic past. A modest fee for entry. Located west on Hwy 26 at the Helvetia exit.

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Saint Helens, Oregon
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94 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A Rockhound's Delight!”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is a good place to see just how many different kinds of rocks and minerals exist in the State of Oregon. Central Oregon has places for rockhounds and down towards Southern Oregon is lots of nicklel.

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Vancouver, Washington
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163 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Rock hound mecca”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This place is not huge, but it definitely has plenty to look at. Lots of school tour groups come here. It is usually not crowded.

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Forest Grove, Or
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190 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Don't forget to look at the wood trim of the house that the museum is in.”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Very extensive collection of rocks, minerals and meteorites, most collected by the former owners of the house. Special things for kids and many rooms have unique displaysor special effects. Small admission charge, but I have visited several times and often take out of town visitors.

Visited December 2011
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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“hidden gem”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

has rocks and minerals from all over the world.
Building is a bit older but this place is still a favorite for elementary school field trips.

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