Visit the Museum

Location

Located 25 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon, on Highway 26 West at the Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Road Exit. The museum features a main museum building, the Northwest Mineral Gallery, and museum shop. The buildings are wheel chair accessible. 
To reach the Museum, take exit 61 (Helvetia Road/Brookwood Parkway) from Hwy 26. Head north on Helvetia Drive and take the first left onto Groveland Drive. The Museum is on the right at the end of Groveland Drive.
For more information please call us at 503-647-2418 or use our Contact form.

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Admission

Members: FREE
Children (4 & under): FREE
Adults: $12.00
Seniors (60+): $10.00
Veterans and active military: $8.00
Students (5-College): $8.00 
COMING WITH A GROUP? CHECK OUR GROUP RATES FOR GUIDED AND SELF-GUIDED TOURS. 
Monday - ThursdayClosed
Friday - Sunday12:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Holiday Closures

Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day

Membership

Support The Rice Northwest Museum by becoming a member for as little as $50 a year. Memberships include free admission to the museum for individuals, guests, and family members, discounts in the museum gift shop, and access to special events and activities. 

Private Guided Tours

Are you a member of 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 collection. The program includes visiting our Northwest Gallery, learning about the family that founded our museum, exploring the Dennis and Mary Murphy Petrified Wood Gallery, seeing the famous “Alma Rose” rhodochrosite, and other colorful gems and minerals from around the world.

Public Guided Tours

Every Saturday and Sunday starting at 2PM enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of the Museum. The tour takes you through all the main galleries and exhibitions and is guided by a local rock hound, eager to answer your questions and help you learn more about the fascinating world of geology and rock collecting.

Self-Tour of the Museum

Exhibits are marked with descriptive plaques and information and museum hosts are available to offer information. We suggest starting in the main building be sure to leave enough time to dig through the rock pile and for a stop at our museum shop you leave.

Explore the Museum Grounds

The Rice is more than just a building. Dozens of varieties of both domestic and wild flowers, shrubs, trees, mosses, and fungi can be found on our grounds. The 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.
Take a walk along the sandstone-tiled path in our rock garden that is filled with dozens of plant species, including several island gardens of ferns, rhododendrons and azaleas, and beautifully landscaped raised and ground-level flower beds and lawn areas. Have a picnic on our lawn or on our beautiful tiled picnic table. Dig through our rock pile to discover hidden treasures.

Make a day out of your visit. 

 

Our Mission

To engage, inspire, and educate generations on the splendor and complexity of our Earth.

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