How to Visit the Museum

Students in exhibit room - Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is located 25 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon, on Highway 26 West at the Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Road Exit.

Hours: The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

How to Visit the Museum

The Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum features a main museum building, the Northwest Mineral Gallery and store in separate adjoining buildings. The buildings are wheel chair accessible.

You may explore on your own through the various exhibits, or take advantage of our Guided Tours.

Admission

Members: FREE
Children (4 & under): FREE
Adults: $10.00
Seniors (60+): $9.00
Veterans and active military: $7.00
Students (5-17): $7.00

Membership

Support The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals by becoming a member for as little as $50 a year. Memberships include free admission to the museum for individuals, guests, and family members, in addition to discounts in the museum gift shop and access to special events and activities. See our section on membership to see which membership level best fits your needs.

Main Gallery at the Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum.

Guided Tours of the Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum

Every Saturday starting at 2PM, you may join a guided tour of the museum lasting 90 minutes. The tour will take you through all the main galleries and exhibitions, and the tour guide is an expert rock hound, eager to answer your questions and help you learn more about the fascinating world of geology and rock collecting, history, and preservation.

Self-Tour of the Museum

The museum welcomes rock enthusiasts from around the world Wednesday through Friday from 1-5PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-5PM. Each of the many exhibits are clearly marked with descriptive plaques and information.

Exploring the rock pile in the rock garden of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.Begin with the main building behind the ticket office and explore through the exhibit galleries on the first floor, continue downstairs, then return to the ground floor and cross the rock garden to the Northwest Mineral Gallery. Leave enough time to dig through the rock pile as a rockhound digging for treasures, and for a stop at our Rock and Mineral Store before you leave.

Explore the Museum Grounds

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals grounds - path around the rock garden.The museum grounds are full of hidden treasures and surprises, including a rock pile for visitors to explore and purchase discovered treasures. Take your time and wander around our beautiful forest, lawns, and gardens, and enjoy the many plants, trees, birds, deer, chipmunk, squirrel, and other Pacific Northwest natural treasures in addition to the wonders under your feet.

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals grounds - the rock garden.Take a walk through the gardens. There’s a sandstone-tiled path accompanied by gardens, a full rock garden full of dozens of plant species, several island gardens full of ferns, rhododendrons and azaleas, and beautifully landscaped raised and ground-level flower beds and lawn areas. When you visit, be sure to bring a change of shoes and your camera! Closer to the museum buildings, you’ll find the tiled picnic table, a sandstone path adjacent to front lawn, and red stained concrete formed like bricks to mark the divide between the walkway and parking area. The Missoula Flood stones form a border along the base of the rock garden and are visible within the outdoor geologic walk, which traverses the entire property.

Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum grounds - the forest paths.Dozens of varieties of both domestic and wild flowers, shrubs, trees, mosses, and fungi can be found at the Museum. The Rice NW Museum is nestled among huge fir trees in a beautiful landscape; the grounds are full of hidden treasures and surprises. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a hawk, owl or eagle soaring overhead, a wandering deer or coyote on the prowl, a hummingbird drinking from a flower or feeder, a bunny eating clover from the lawn, or frog or snake searching for a water hole. From towering trees to countless fungi and wildflower varieties, there’s something here for every nature lover.

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