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.
The Museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its unique architectural style, natural stonework, and the extraordinary native Oregon woodwork found throughout the building. It is also a member of the Oregon Museums Association and a Smithsonian Affiliate Institution.
The Rice Museum’s educational programs include on-site tours for schools and other large groups as well as off-site Portable Earth Science Programs that bring the museum to the community. It also hosts a variety of public and private events throughout the year.
The building was originally constructed by Richard and Helen Rice as their family home in 1952. Richard Rice, a logger by profession, incorporated many rare Oregon woods, such as myrtle wood and quilted maple, in the fabrication of the house. The Rices built a gallery in their basement to display their personal mineral collection. In 1997, the entire building was converted to a public museum, and an additional gallery building was constructed in 2005.
For more information on the Rices, see our history.