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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
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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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we live nearby and I can't stop going

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Auzadeh H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

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

Thank EugeneOregonUSA
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This was an great surprise. It is a little difficult to get to and may want to follow your GPS. But the home, museum and history of this place is really amazing.

Thank td397
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I brought my father (a former rock hound and geo-chemist) here because I thought he might enjoy it. Turned out I liked it just as much! Beautiful and educational displays, so much to see! Helpful, knowledgeable staff. Doing the self-guided tour was nice because you can go quickly through some of the areas and take your time in others. I... More 

Thank cdhlnm
Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Visited here with visitor from UK. Expected a small shed - not the beautiful house that is the museum. Collection of rocks, crystals and polished wood is breathtakingly beautiful. A must see for future visitors.

Thank Muriel C
Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

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 

Thank Ron D
Pac NW
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

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.

Thank Tommy the Wonderdog
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

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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