Support the Rice Northwest Museum on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Please keep the Rice Northwest Museum in your giving plans for this year.

On Thanksgiving, we give thanks. On Black Friday, we get deals. On Cyber Monday, we get online. On Giving Tuesday, we give back.

And here’s the coolest part about this whole movement: It doesn’t matter how you give, or how much you give, only that you give. Join in. Be part of the movement. Celebrate an attitude of gratitude. Give.

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It takes just a few dollars or hours to make a huge difference in the museum’s ability to offer free and low cost programs for school children from around the Pacific Northwest; local, national, and international educational outreach programs; extraordinary, award-winning exhibits and special programs; and to introduce thousands of people (kids of all ages) to the wonders of earth science.


Veterans and Active Military receive FREE admission Veteran’s Day

To honor those who have or are serving in our nation’s military, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks an Minerals will admit all veterans and active military free of charge on Veteran’s Day (Wednesday, November 11, 2015).  We thank all the brave men and women who serve our country to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.

The museum will be open to the public regular business hours, which are 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  Please remember to bring your military ID with you.

Rice Northwest Museum Featured on Carl in the Morning on

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals’ executive director, Julian Gray, was interviewed on radio’s “Carl in the Morning” show by Carl Wolfson and Kate Bush on Friday November 6, 2015.

In the interview, Carl noted that the Rice NW Museum was highlighted in a recent New York Times article. During their lively conversation they talked about the diverse, beautiful exhibits at the museum including petrified wood, gemstones, thundereggs, and more. They also talked about the museum’s educational programs and events.

Have a listen:

Birthstone Day Upgrade

Longtime followers already know that we offer a promotion called “Birthstone Day,” where any visitor can get free admission to the museum on the first Saturday of his or her birth month. This promotion is getting an upgrade!

Now, any visitor is entitled to one free admission on any day during his or her birth month. So if you were born in the month of November, choose any day this month to come see our exhibits at no charge. It’s a little bit more “happy birthday,” just for you.

Faceted topaz gemstones.

Faceted topaz gemstones. Image from Michelle Jo, Wikimedia Commons.

This offer is only good for one general admission per calendar year, during the visitor’s birth month. It does not apply to admission for special events or party packages. Visitors over 17 must present an ID with date of birth to redeem this offer.

See you at the museum!

What’s in the Box? Quicksilver

Halloween has passed, but the scares continue with this slippery substance: mercury! The faded label on this vial, acquired in a recent donation, says, “Mercury from thermometer.” Inside, a silver blob bounces back and forth when the vial is shaken. But what is this toxic liquid doing in a blog post from a mineral museum?

Mercury in vial

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New York Times article calls attention to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

In a November 1, 2015 article in the New York Times, Quentin Hardy calls attention to five noteworthy museums around the United States.  The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is one of the museums highlighted in the article.  Other unique museums mentioned include the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York; the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Ringling in Sarasota, Florida; the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota; and Walt’s Barn in Los Angeles, California.

Image of the New York Times article featuring the Rice NW MUseum

Double Your Donation Impact and Get a Tax Credit

OR Cultural Trust Match Program

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Make a gift to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals followed by a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust and you can claim a tax credit for the total combined amount. It’s a double win-win: By supporting the Cultural Trust in addition to your direct donation to the museum, you are helping support grants that can further support the museum.

Remember, too, that the tax deductible portion of your museum membership also qualifies toward the matching gift.

What’s in the Box? Will you walk into my parlour…

Check out this recent donation from master faceter Steve Richards. At first glance, it may seem like just another large faceted stone… until you peer into the middle. Look closely and you’ll see a decoration fit for Halloween! Just how did that get there?

Faceted Quartz - Widow Spydey

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TONIGHT: Watch “Unprepared” documentary on OPB

This evening, Thursday, October 1, at 8 PM, OPB will be broadcasting the documentary “Unprepared.” It investigates the state of Oregon’s earthquake preparedness, and, according to OPB’s summary, finds “that when it comes to bridges, schools, hospitals, building codes and energy infrastructure, Oregon lags far behind…”

Watch this evening to learn what Oregonians need to do to become resilient in the face of our seismic threats.