To engage, inspire, and educate generations on the splendor and complexity of our Earth.
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. 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.
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.
Private Guided Tours
Are you a community group, senior group, or other group interested in learning about rocks, minerals, fossils, and earth science? Join us in a guided exploration of our amazing collection! The program includes visiting our Northwest Gallery, learning about the Rice family that founded our museum, exploring the Dennis and Mary Murphy Petrified Wood Gallery, seeing the famous “Alma Rose” rhodochrosite, and colorful gems and minerals from around the world. Click here to learn more about the private guided tour experience and reserve your program.
Public Guided Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday starting at 2PM, you may join a guided tour of the museum lasting approximately 90 minutes. The tour will take you through all the main galleries and exhibitions. The tour guide is a 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. Exhibits are marked with descriptive plaques and information and museum hosts are available to offer information.
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.