If you collected some strange rocks over the summer, bring them in Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 to 2:00 to see if you can stump the experts. We’ll have several geologists, mineralogists, and rockhounds available to identify your finds. Or, if you’ve been wondering what the heck that strange rock is that you think might be a meteorite, now’s the time to get it checked.
Remember, all you need is a paid admission to the museum to participate. While you’re here, be sure to check the Spann Exhibit, the Snook Exhibit, and the “Brilliance of Trilliants” exhibit – all three went up since the first Mystery Mineral Day of the year back in February.
Vendors are already hard at work preparing for the opening of SummerFest 2019 on Saturday morning, August 3. The event runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10-5, but many of the vendors get their setups going as early as possible, to get their booths and tables squared away.
If you’ve never been to our SummerFest celebration, you owe it to yourself and your family to drop on by. We’ll have more vendors this year, expanded activities for kids, and upgraded food options. And parking is easier, too! Learn to pan for gold, shop for fantastic rocks and minerals, explore the many jewelry options, pick up information from the strong local clubs that specialize in rocks, gems, prospecting, and faceting, and have a great time.
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals will be closing at 5:00 PM today, July 27, for a private event.
The museum is open from 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM. Programs today include a Museum Moment at 11:00 and Guided tour at 2:00. Programs are included with admission.
Other upcoming early closures include:
August 2- closed at 5:00 PM for Summer Fest Setup
August 3-4- closed at 5:00 PM for Summer Festival
August 10- closed at 5:00 PM for NW Fossil Fest
Summer Hours are in effect until September 1, 2019.
Our 16th annual Summer Fest will be at Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, 2019. The hours are 10 AM – 5 PM. Admission is $6 for everyone ages 5 and up!
Geodes and other minerals and rocks for sale at vendor booths. The outdoor festival features a wide variety of rock, mineral, gem, jewelry, and fossil dealers. We will have food for purchase, live music, and plenty of fun family activities. There will be music both days featuring Coin Club Band, food from Hakuna Murata, and ice cream from Scoop Handmade Ice Cream for purchase.
Rock clubs from around the region will be offering wonderful educational displays, demonstrations, and activities.
Come early and stay the whole day. The entire museum will be open during this event, so you can explore all our displays after browsing vendors’ tents. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy the refreshments at the museum.
It’s a perfect event to spend with friends and family. Bring them all!
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is thrilled to announce that Sharleen Harvey will be teaching a wire wrapping class during our annual Summer Festival.
The class will be Saturday, August 3, from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM and costs $75. The class includes 5 hours of instruction, a cabochon, all the materials you need to create your own work of art, and admission to the festival and museum after the class. Space is limited, so register today. Click here to register!
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals will be closing early at 5:00 PM due to special events on the following dates:
Saturday, July 27, 2019- Closed at 5 PM (Private Event)
Friday, August 2, 2019- Closed at 5 PM (Summer Fest Set Up)
Saturday, August 3, 2019- Closed at 5 PM (Summer Fest)
Sunday, August 4, 2019- Closed at 5 PM (Summer Fest)
Saturday, August 10, 2019- Closed at 5 PM (NW Fossil Fest)
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019 for Independence Day. We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday!
Our full schedule for the week of July 1-7, 2019:
Monday: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Thursday: Closed (4th of July)
Friday: 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
New for 2019! Summer hours are effective 6/24/2019-9/1/2019!
Monday- 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Wednesday- 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thursday- 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Friday- 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Saturday- 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Sunday- 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
We’ll see you soon!
The Helvetia Half Marathon is on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Rice NW Museum will open two hours late at 12:00 PM for the safety of the runners.
If you’re participating in the race, be sure to check out our table at the event area, and bring your bib to the museum after the race for half-off admission.
Good luck, have fun, and stay hydrated!