About Barb Epstien

Barb Epstien is a safety professional and research associate at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, a volunteer at Rice NW Museum, loves hiking, music, photography, and being a foodie in fabulous Portland.

Only a few hours left!

What a great year it’s been for the Rice NW Museum. With your support, we won gold as Hillsboro’s Best Family Attraction and Best Place to Take the Kids.

Before you ring in the new year, we ask for your support to help us wrap up 2016 on an even better note. While any time is a good time to donate to the Rice NW Museum, end-of-year donations make an impact. So donate now. You’ll get a tax break and help the museum at the same time. Contributions received by midnight tonight will count toward the 2016 tax year.

Together we can do even more in 2017. Thank you again for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the museum in the new year.


Join us at Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show this weekend, October 7 – 9, 2016

Come see us this weekend at the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show, October 8-9, 2016. This is the largest rock, gem, mineral, and fossil show in the Portland area, with 45 dealers and 80 educational exhibits including a beautiful petrified wood display from the Rice NW Museum collection. And Museum executive director Julian Gray, co-author of Minerals of Georgia, will be lecturing at 1:00 pm today and tomorrow at the show.

The event takes place at the Washington County Fairplex. Saturday hours are 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Adults $5, children 12 and under are free. Plenty of free parking is available or ride the Max to the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport  station (stop #9838 on the Blue Line). Educational fun for the whole family. Great chance to start or enhance your own rock collection, buy beautifully crafted jewelry (“minerals you can wear”) or pieces you can use to make your own, and much more.

Rice Rock and Mineral Museum Rated #1 on TripAdvisor

Thundereggs on exhibit at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals has earned a Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor and is rated the #1 attraction in Hillsboro.  Read the reviews on TripAdvisor to find out why, out of 52 things to see and do in Hillsboro, they said:

“You absolutely need to take time to see this museum if you are in the Portland area.”

Visitors were impressed with the “unbelievable collection and friendly staff,” and said it’s “perfect for all members of the family.”

“Birdguy” wrote:

Our group of six visited here because two of us are very interested in rocks and minerals. Well, it turned out to be a trip favorite for everyone. The collection is simply amazing and very well displayed. The history and architecture of the house are interesting as well. The staff was very welcoming and the grounds are beautiful, with some local wildlife making appearances. It’s hard to describe how surprisingly fascinating this place turns out to be.

Like many of us rock lovers, we have families who tolerate our enthusiasm. Read this from “maxpaste:”

Being the only rockhound in the family, my suggestion of visiting this museum was greeted with a healthy bit of skepticism by the family. However, when we were done everyone agreed it was well worth the stop. This is an amazing collection of rocks and minerals. In fact I can’t recall another museum I have visited that contained anything close to this. The fact that it’s all maintained in a house from the 1950s adds to the charm. We spent an hour here, which was the right amount of time for non-rockhounds. I could have spent another hour.

Better yet, come visit the museum and see for yourself!

Thanks to all who’ve taken time to give us such great reviews. If you’d like to join the chorus, you can review us on TripAdvisor, Yelp, or Google Reviews.

Rice NW Museum Awarded Grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County

The Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals is the proud recipient of a grant recently awarded by the Cultural Coalition of Washington County. The funds will promote community access with document translations. Creating Spanish-language documents such as self-guided museum tour pamphlets will enhance visitor accessibility within our diverse community.

The Cultural Coalition is the re-granting board of the Oregon Cultural Trust in Washington County. Monies donated to the Cultural Trust come back to Washington County and are distributed as grants to Cultural non-profits per the Washington County Cultural Plan. These grants help promote the cultural identity, quality of life and economic vitality of Washington County and its arts, heritage and humanities organizations.
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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.


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.

Support the Rice Museum by Shopping at Freddy’s

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Want to know a super easy way to support the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals? You can now help the Rice NW Museum earn donations just by shopping at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card!

To link your Rewards Card to the Community Rewards program:

  1. Register your card
  2. Search for the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals by our unique non-profit organization number: 85221 or by name.

That’s it. Every time you shop using your Fred Meyer Rewards Card you earn points and you are donating to the museum. On a quarterly basis, Fred Meyer sends a donation check to the Rice Northwest Museum. Your shopping supports our programs and activities.

If you don’t already have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk at any Fred Meyer store. Remember, you earn rewards points, fuel points, downloadable coupons, and more, and the Rice Northwest Museum can earn donations. It’s a win-win!

While shopping at Fred Meyer, be sure and let them know how much you appreciate this easy way to donate and support local charities.