About Julian Gray

Julian Gray is a geologist and curator of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Rice NW Museum to exhibit at the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show plus two other venues

This is a busy week for the Rice NW Museum. Rockhounds, mineral enthusiasts and teachers can find us at one of three different events this coming Columbus Day weekend.

Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show – October 10 – 12, 2014

The Rice NW Museum will be in attendance at the Portland Regional Gem & Mineral show all three days of the show. Our gift shop will be joining the more than forty dealers selling mineral related items. Proceeds help support our educational programming at the museum. The Rice NW Museum will also be among the more than one hundred educational exhibits. In addition, there will be lectures, book signings, demonstrations, kids activities, and much, much more during the show. Those who attend the Portland Regional Show can get $2 off regular admission to the Rice NW Museum this weekend with proof of paid admission to the show.

Oregon Science Teachers Association Fall Meeting – October 10-11, 2014

Education and outreach are important to fulfilling the mission of the Rice NW Museum. If you are an educator, you will want to catch the Rice NW Museum’s curator and outreach specialist, Leslie Moclock, at the Oregon Science Teachers Association 2014 Fall Conference. Leslie will be sharing information about our school tours and off-site programming at this conference.

Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Friends of Mineralogy – October 10-12, 2014

The Friends of Mineralogy is an organization whose focus is on mineral science education. The Pacific Northwest boasts one of the largest and most active chapters of this organization. The theme of the annual fall symposium of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy is Minerals of Colorado. The Rice NW Museum will have an educational exhibit featuring some of our better Colorado minerals. Museum director, Julian Gray, will be attending the symposium and facilitating the seminar Saturday and Sunday.

FREE admission during Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! September 27, 2014

Smithsonian-Magazine-Museum-Day-LiveThe Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors who present a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Get your Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive Each ticket will allow two guest to be admitted at no charge. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of other participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit: Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive/venues. And remember, the Rice Northwest Museum just extended our hours, the museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

New weekend hours for the Rice NW Museum announced

Beginning September 20, 2014, the Rice NW Museum will be open from 10 AM to 5 PM on weekends.  At last, visitors will be able to enjoy the Rice NW Museum exhibits and shop the museum gift shop on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

These new hours coincide with the weekend of the Oregon International Air Show held at the Hillsboro Airport, which is just across the Sunset Highway (Highway 26).  So come out this weekend, avoid the air show traffic, tour the museum, then stick around and enjoy the air show.  Parking is free at the Rice NW Museum.

And please let us know what you think of these new hours.  We’d love to hear from you.

Rice NW Museum honored for educational exhibits at the 2014 Denver Gem & Mineral Show

Julian Gray and Leslie Moclock with the Rice NW Museum case of agates at the 2014 Denver Gem & Mineral Show. This case won the Donna Chirnside Memorial Award for best educational case by a museum.

Thousands of people attended the Denver Gem & Mineral Show held the second weekend in September each year in Denver, Colorado. The theme of this year’s show was near and dear to the heart of the Rice NW Museum and Oregonians rockhounds: Agate. Agates are found in many places in Oregon and are well represented in the Rice NW Museum’s permanent exhibits. Curator Leslie Moclock selected about two dozen of the best agates and thundereggs from the museum’s collection for two temporary educational exhibits at the show September 12-14, 2014. Taking the museum to mineral collectors in attendance at shows is part of the museum’s outreach program.

Both exhibit cases were recognized for their excellence in educational content and quality of exhibition. The Denver Gem & Mineral Show Committee selected the Rice NW Museum’s case on the origin of agates for the Donna Chirnside Memorial Award honoring the best display by an institution at the show.  The Friends of Mineralogy, a group that promotes mineral education, awarded the Best Educational Case by an Institution Award to the Rice NW Museum case featuring thundereggs, Oregon’s State Rock.

Faceting Classes 2014 – 2015 Schedule


The Columbia Willamette Faceters Guild has released its schedule of classes for Beginning Gemstone Faceting at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals for the 2014-2015 year. If you would like information on these and future classes, please contact the museum directly.

Participants and students are introduced to the theory and techniques of faceting gemstones. During the course, students will facet one or two gemstones with material and equipment provided by the Faceter’s Guild. Students gain sufficient knowledge to continue faceting on their own.

The classes are held in the Rice Northwest Museum’s Faceting Lab. The classes offer 20 hours of instruction across 5 classes from 1PM to 5PM. You have a choice of a 5 week class schedule on Saturdays or a 3 week class schedule of 3 Saturdays and 2 Sundays. All equipment and materials are provided. Continue reading

2014 Summer Festival August 2-3

Summer Festival Flyer - Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum.Join us for the 11th Annual 2014 Summer Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, 2014, 10AM to 5PM, at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. Sponsored by OMSI, the weekend event includes vendors with minerals, fossils, jewelry, and beads, gold panning, lapidary demonstrations, geode cutting, and a variety of activities for the young and old.

There will be local food available for purchase and live music, and the famous Flintstones Mobile will make an appearance.

A silent auction, raffles, and door prizes will be held throughout the day.

Admission is $5 for adults, free for students 17 years old and under. A great experience for the whole family!

Bring your inner rock hound and join us for a fabulous Summer Festival.

Belong to a local school or rock club? Download and print and share the flyer for the 2014 Summer Festival Event.

Membership Special

To honor the 11th Annual Summer Festival, we are having a membership campaign. All attendees are eligible for $10 off all annual membership plans. The $5 admission fee will be applied toward membership, totally $15 off!