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Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

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Address: 26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124
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+1 503-647-2418
10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Fri 13:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Fabulous Displays - A Very Interesting Experience - The Rice Home - Fabulous

We have visited the Natural History Museum at the Smithsonian and the Rock and Mineral Display there - Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals was just as good with some 'specimens... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Salem, Oregon
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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited the Natural History Museum at the Smithsonian and the Rock and Mineral Display there - Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals was just as good with some 'specimens' even more fabulous. We were greeted by the Director as we drove in. He welcomed us. We paid our admission in the gift shop and then went to... More 

Thank SueinSalem
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Went yhere with the grands - ages 11 and 7 and they loved it! All the different rock displays were amazing for all the generations. The Grands liked picking their free rock from the pile to take home. A nice place to explore just outside of Hillsboro..

Thank LivinNow
Lacey, Washington
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We visited the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, Oregon. Its a bit off the beaten path, located in what used to be someone's home... built out of stone. The house is packed full of all kinds of interested rocks and minerals. A must-see for rock lovers. Admission prices are reasonable. I think it opens at 1:00 most... More 

Thank 2TravelBears
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I have been here twice and really enjoy it. They have a great selection of rocks, minerals and stones. It's so fun to see all the displays and the glowing room especially

Thank Lisa T
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This place is fun for all ages. It's educational and fun to see so many different rocks etc.. under one location. We love the glowing room. We've been here several times when our kids at all ages growing up and it never gets old!

Thank LoriHering
Hillsboro, Oregon
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have been here a couple times - once with my kids (a HUGE HIT) and once to officiate a wedding on the grounds. Amazing place, great staff that is very knowledgeable about the rocks and geology, and beautiful grounds!! Would highly recommend especially if your trying to get your kids to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of our earth... More 

Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

If you are a rock hound, this is your heaven! The variety and displays of minerals and stones are amazing and GORGEOUS!

Thank Auzadeh H
Portland OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

I don't know much about rocks but visited this place with a geology major and museum buff, who was absolutely fascinated, and I not only learned a lot but want to return. It's an amazing collection and will be fun to share with more out of town visitors in the future.

Thank DonnaPortlandOR
Mission, Canada
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend is a geology nerd, so when this place popped up it was impossible to pass up. First, the staff is very friendly and always make you feel welcome. Second, the variety and sheer number of specimens on display is astounding. Plus they're all so remarkably well kept it's impossible to not take a picture or two. (I took... More 

Thank Yalestay
Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Absolutely fantastic collection of rocks, minerals, petrified wood, fossils and more from all around the world.

Thank EugeneOregonUSA

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