Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Hillsboro

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The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is a non-profit museum in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. Located just north of the Sunset Highway on the northern edge of Hillsboro, the earth science museum is in the Portland metropolitan area. Opened in 1997, the museum’s collections date to the 1930s with the museum housed in a home built to display the rock and mineral collections of the museum founders. The ranch style home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first of its kind listed in Oregon.The museum sits on 23 wooded acres (9.3 ha), with the main building containing of space. Collections include petrified wood, various fossils, fluorescent minerals, meteorites, zeolites, and a variety of other minerals. With more than 20,000 specimens, the museum is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The facility has around 25,000 visitors each year, many of whom are on school tours.HistoryRichard L. Rice married Helen Hart in 1932 and the couple began rock collecting in 1938 after finding agates along the Oregon Coast. In 1952 the Rices built a new home north of Hillsboro on 30 acres (12.1 ha) that would later house the museum. The Rices founded a museum in 1953 to display their collections. Their collections won them the Woodruff Trophy three years in a row at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, which led to that trophy's retirement. Helen served as president of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies from 1959 to 1960.
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  • July 19, 2017
    Went here via a Groupon had enjoyed the heck out of it. I've been meaning to go back again but have been busy. This place is like no other!  more »
  • July 8, 2017
    Okay so on our last visit I saw the sign for this rock-mineral museum. Given I am in geology, it peaked my interest, So in June, my Wife and I found the time to hunt the place down---it is in Hillsbor...  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    This museum has a wonderful collection of fossils, gold from all over the world, crystals, agates, petrified woods, gems... Also a nice place outside in backyard to picnic if weather permits. There is...  more »
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  • May 29, 2017
    Great, Great, Great. If you are a rock hound this is your Valhalla. Beautiful home converted to a fantastic Rock and Mineral Museum. The home itself is worthy of a tour, done in a Southwest style with extensive Myrtle wood accents. But the displays of rocks and minerals are mind-boggling. Specimens from all over the world displayed in educational ways to teach viewers about our geologic world. Beautiful world-class pieces with many one-of-a-kind of best in the world. Oregonian samples are well represented, but it has much, much more.
  • June 10, 2017
    Incredible museum. I had great time and kids loved it. They had hard time choosing favorite. Rocks with magnetic properties, uv light glowing, safe full of gold... Has a great time. Staff very friendly and airways ready to answer any questions
  • June 30, 2017
    It's nice to be here again. Try to make it at least once a year. There is astonishing collection of petrified woods, large and small samples of many different kinds of minerals, and fossils. Alma Rose is something you must see. Hummingbirds who are flying all over the place outside will entertain you while having your snack break.
  • April 16, 2017
    I brought the family here for Easter Egg hunt and it was well done. The rocks and story was new to me and I was very impressed. I highly recommend anyone to visit at Least once
  • April 16, 2017
    This is a cool place to check out if you need some easy to do! Its a very interesting museum and every one there was very nice! They also had cool geodes for sale!

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