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“Beautiful rocks and crytals in an out-of-the-way location.”

Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Ranked #1 of 56 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, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I wok near here and had seen the signs, finally stopping in for a visit. It's not cheap, ~$18, but is worth it, especially if you have a geological interest. The ranch house where it's located is the only ranch house on the Historical Register.

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is in what used to be a private home, and it's one of the best rock and mineral collections I've seen outside of the Smithsonian. It's also a wonderful place to bring kids.

Thank Virginia1120
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

It is amazing all the various displays of rocks, gold, and minerals they have. It looks like a house when you drive in and it is but there ia another part seperate from the house too. Thye displays have a lot of details listed about the various pieces; you can spend a long time there looking at the stuff they have gathered together actually from all over the earth; there are a lot of items from Oregon on display.

Thank Tom S
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

I lived for years near Portland and I never heard of this museum until AAA's Via magazine mentioned it.
I happen to love anything that nature makes, specially when it surpasses aesthetically anything that mankind can conjure up.
This very well curated museum is a gem. A small gem, but, as we say in Italy "the best wine comes from small barrels".
Very well worth a trip!

Thank ChefLuigiBo
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

I think this museum is like the Smithsonian of the West. Wonderful displays and little shop for anyone interested in nature, gemstones and minerals. You will see things here you will see no where else.

Thank Ron P
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