2019 Reciprocal Membership Calendar

Thinking of buying or renewing a membership to Rice NW Museum this year?

For the fourth year, museums and attractions in the Portland metro area and beyond have teamed up to offer a reciprocal membership program in 2019. Members of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) initiated this special promotion as a way to show appreciation for each attraction’s loyal members, as well as to highlight the important role that cultural attractions play in the community.

PAMA is excited to announce that all twelve participating attractions will again be sponsoring a free admission month as part of this popular program. Through 2019, membership to one of the organizations listed below is your key to free admission for up to four people during the months listed below:

2019 Reciprocal Membership Calendar: 

Oregon ZooJanuary: Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
oregonzoo.org

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February: Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
ohs.org

Evergreen Aviation and Space MuseumMarch: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, OR 97128
evergreenmuseum.org

Washington County MuseumApril: Washington County Museum
17677 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229
washingtoncountymuseum.org

Architectural Heritage CenterMay: Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
visitahc.org

Columbia River Maritime MuseumJune: Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103
crmm.org

Deepwood Museum & GardensJuly: Deepwood Museum & Gardens
1116 Mission Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
Parking on 12th & Lee
deepwoodmuseum.org

Clark County Historical MuseumAugust: Clark County Historical Museum
1511 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
cchmuseum.org

Rice MuseumSeptember: Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124
ricenorthwestmuseum.org

downloadOctober: World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
worldforestry.org

Oregon Coast AquariumNovember: Oregon Coast Aquarium
2820 SE Ferry Slip Road
Newport, OR 97365
aquarium.org

Lan Su Chinese GardenDecember: Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
lansugarden.org

Rice NW Museum memberships are valid one calendar year from date of purchase and start at just $50 and they make great holiday gifts. Visit our membership page or the museum store to join us today!

Members must present a valid membership card from one of the participating organizations to receive free admission. Free admission is valid for up to four  individuals, regardless of membership level.

Donor-Sponsored School Tours Top 1,000 Students for 2018

Nothing fills a museum with energy like school children on field trips. It’s always a pleasure to hear them marvel at our various exhibits of rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, gold, and gems. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is proud to offer financial aid for qualifying schools and keep those hallways packed. With the end of the year rapidly approaching, we thought it would be a good time to update our followers about the program.

For background, the program began two years ago with a gift from a new benefactor. In 2018, we raised additional funds at the annual Benefit Dinner, specifically earmarked to help subsidize school trips for in-need communities. Qualifying schools may visit the museum, or we can send offsite programs to their classrooms. The goal is simple – to make sure kids of all backgrounds can experience how we can make earth science education fun. 

Schools can receive up to 75% of their program fees to be covered by our donors, based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunches. To date this year, the museum subsidized 19 school visits, mostly for grades 3 and 4, and served over 1,100 kids.

School buses line up adjacent to the Northwest Gallery. We like to see these buses all the time!

This week, a group of 5th graders made the trek from the Centennial School District, on the far east side of the area Rice NW Museum serves. The students learned about the rock cycle, how minerals form, how fossilization occurs, about mining, and about the volcanoes and earthquakes common in our region. 

Museum Educator Ramona Radonich prepares the students to enter the museum. 

If you would like to learn more about donating to the program, you can find more information on our Donations page.

To book a field trip or classroom visit to the Rice NW Museum for your school, please visit the For Teachers page and fill out the program form. We can review your financial aid status after you fill out the booking form. We are accepting reservations through June 2019 and look forward to seeing your students, so sign up today!

Thank you for another amazing year.

Thank you for your continued support. Because of you, we were able to develop rich and relevant exhibit content, fund financial aid for schoolchildren, facilitate community events, and create engaging programming and innovative experiences for guests of all ages within and beyond the walls of the Museum. Thanks to our supporters, 2018 was a truly incredible year.

The mission of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is to engage, inspire, and educate generations on the splendor and complexities of our Earth.

Last year, we demonstrated that together we have the power to accomplish many goals. Here are a few ways in which we fulfilled our mission in 2018:

Engage

• Record breaking attendance at the Museum and all events: 33,000 visitors and counting.
• Created bilingual exhibits to reflect the diversity of our community.

Inspire

• Sponsored hundreds of kids to bring programs to Title I schools, improving access for students who otherwise might not get to experience the Museum.

Educate

• Reached more than 9000 school children on field trips to the museum.
• Community outreach at festivals and events around the Pacific Northwest.
• Taken our STEM programming into dozens of schools in the Portland area.

What’s next?

We are proud of the tremendous progress we have made together, both at the Museum and in the community. Now, it is time, through your support, to make 2019 even better. We rely on your donations to help keep our future fresh and vibrant. While admission fees and museum store purchases cover our operating expenses, we rely on donations for new exhibits, events and programs, and for reaching thousands of school children every year on field trips.

Your investment will be used wisely. While continuing to care for our collection and historic building, we want to upgrade our exhibit cases and security system in order to make the most of the Smithsonian Affiliations loan program and to borrow from other outstanding collections from our friends around the country.

We call upon all donors now to join us on our mission to engage, inspire, and educate generations on the splendor and complexity of our Earth! There are many ways to support the museum. There are many ways to give. Donate online or contact us now to donate in another way. All donations are powerful. Please give what you can today. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you often at the Rice Museum.

2018 Winter Holiday Hours

Rice NW Museum will be open special hours during Winter Break!

Hours for Winter Break: Monday, 12/24/2018: Closed (Christmas Eve). Tuesday, 12/25/2018: Closed (Christmas Day). Wednesday, 12/26/2018: Open: Holiday Hours, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM.  Museum Moment 11:00 AM •  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM Thursday, 12/27/2018: Open: Holiday Hours, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM •  Museum Moment 11:00 AM •  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM Friday, 12/28/2018: Open: Holiday Hours, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM •  Museum Moment 11:00 AM •  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM Saturday, 12/29/2018: Open: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM •  Museum Moment 11:00 AM •  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM Sunday, 12/30/2018: Open: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM Museum Moment 11:00 AM Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

We are also offering extra public tours! Join your museum host at 2:00 at the entrance of the Northwest Gallery for a guided tour of the museum. Guided tours last approximately 1.5 hours and go through all of the galleries at the museum. Tours are appropriate for all ages, and are included with admission. Museum Moments will take place at 11:00 AM. Museum Moments are 15 minute science-themed talks in museum galleries.  Check posted signs when you arrive to find out where these talks will be given.

Hours for Winter Break:

Monday, 12/24/2018: Closed (Christmas Eve)

Tuesday, 12/25/2018: Closed (Christmas Day)

Wednesday, 12/26/2018: Open: Holiday Hours, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
•  Museum Moment 11:00 AM
•  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Thursday, 12/27/2018: Open: Holiday Hours, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
•  Museum Moment 11:00 AM
•  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Friday, 12/28/2018: Open: Holiday Hours, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
•  Museum Moment 11:00 AM
•  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Saturday, 12/29/2018: Open: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
•  Museum Moment 11:00 AM
•  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Sunday, 12/30/2018: Open: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
•  Museum Moment 11:00 AM
•  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Monday, 12/31/2018: Closed (New Year’s Eve)

Tuesday, 1/1/2019: Closed (New Year’s Day)

We will follow our regular operating schedule of 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Wednesday-Friday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday & Sunday the weeks of 12/17/2018-12/23/2018 and 12/31/18-1/6/2019.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals!

2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Rice NW Museum will be open special hours for Thanksgiving Week!

2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

We are also offering extra public tours! If you are here Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at 2:00, meet your museum host at the entrance of the Northwest Gallery for a guided tour of the museum. Guided tours last approximately 1.5 hours and go through all of the galleries at the museum. Tours are appropriate for all ages, and are included with admission. Museum Moments will take place at 11:00 AM. Museum Moments are 15 minute gallery talks that rotate subjects.

Hours for Thanksgiving Week:

Monday, 11/19/2018: Closed

Tuesday, 11/20/2018: Closed

Wednesday, 11/21/2018: Open: 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM
•  Museum Moment 2:00 PM

Thursday, 11/22/2018: Closed: Thanksgiving

Friday, 11/23/2018: Open: Holiday Hours, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
•  Museum Moment 11:00 AM
•  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Saturday, 11/24/2018: Open: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
•  Museum Moment 11:00 AM
•  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Sunday, 11/25/2018: Open: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
•  Museum Moment 11:00 AM
•  Hosted Tour 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Veterans and Active Military receive FREE admission for Veteran’s Day

Image of the flag of the United States of America. The upper left side is blue with 50 white embroidered stars. The right and bottom have alternating red and white stripes. To honor those who have or are serving in our nation’s military, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals will admit all veterans and active military free of charge on Sunday, November 11, 2018.  We thank all the brave men and women who serve our country to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.

The museum will be open to the public regular business hours, which are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.  Please remember to bring your military ID with you.

Welcome back to school from Rice NW Museum!

Field Trips:

Field trip registration for the 2018-2019 school year is open! Visit our For Teachers page to book now. Rice Museum field trips adhere to Next Generation Science Standards for elementary students. We take group reservations for up to 120 participants for tours in the mornings while we are closed to the public. Financial aid is available for low income schools thanks to the generosity of our donors. Dates are filling quickly, so book soon to ensure availability! Tour dates are available through July 2019.

New! Small School & Home School Tours:

New this year, we are excited to pilot a Small School & Home School Tour program! It’s fulfills all the same educational benchmarks as our tours for large school groups, but you can purchase individual spaces on the tour for smaller groups. This program is designed with small, nonprofit private schools, Montessori Going Out, and families that home school in mind. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

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Job Announcement: Curator

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, seeks a curator to manage, maintain, and promote the museum’s collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, and meteorites. The curator must have the technical and managerial skills and expertise required to maintain, display, and enhance the Museum’s extensive collections and associated records. The position requires a dynamic person with a proven ability to translate the mineral collection into accessible and compelling exhibits and teaching tools or programs.

Competencies & Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in geology, Master’s or PhD preferred.
  • 20180820_144128At least 2 years technical experience in mineral sciences involving education, curation and/or collection management with a detailed knowledge of mineral collection management.
  • Proficiency in basic personal computer applications.
  • Basic knowledge of scientific mineralogical equipment.
  • Proficiency in the use of both verbal and written English language.
  • An ability to convey excitement about the value of earth sciences to scholars and novices alike. The curator must be as comfortable with people as with minerals and be capable of introducing one to the other.

Full job description and details are available at https://ricenorthwestmuseum.org/contact/job-seekers/

TO APPLY: Please email your resume and cover letter to careers@ricenorthwestmuseum.org  or mail job materials to Julian C. Gray, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Drive, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124. Application materials must be received by October 8, 2018. No phone calls, please.

Rice Museum’s Summer Fest – August 4 & 5, 2018

Our 15th annual Summer Fest 2018 will be at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, 2018. The hours are 10 AM – 5 PM. Admission is $6 for everyone ages 5 and up!

Summer Fest 2018 Poster

Geodes and other minerals and rocks for sale at vendor booths. The outdoor festival features a wide variety of rock, mineral, gem, jewelry, and fossil dealers. We will have food for purchase, live music, and plenty of fun family activities.

Rock clubs from around the region will be offering wonderful educational displays, demonstrations, and activities.

Come early and stay the whole day. The entire museum will be open during this event, so you can explore all our displays after browsing vendors’ tents and creating a “pet rock.” Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy the refreshments at the museum.

It’s a perfect event to spend with friends and family. Bring them all!

 

Win a Dream Trip to Tuscany!

Congratulations to our winner, Steve T.!

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is offering a chance for a dream trip of a lifetime to Tuscany, Italy.  This vacation is valued at $5600.00.

Up to six people can stay in the Tuscan countryside in a three bedroom Private Villa, right in the heart of Tuscany. Property perfectly nestled among the rolling hills surrounding the ancient Etruscan town of Cortona, the ideal place to spend a getaway in the spirit of nature, beauty, relaxation and wine and food. You’ll be hosted by locals who can assist with all your needs.

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Trip Includes:
– 7 nights in a 3 bedroom private countryside villa
– Welcome with your local assistant and personal introduction to Cortona
– Walking tour of Cortona with a professional guide
– Private wine tasting in traditional enoteca in the town center with professional sommelier
– Pre-arrival and in-house local English speaking concierge and booking services
– All visitor taxes, consumption fees (heating etc)

The winner will be announced at 8:00 PM during at our July 14, 2018 Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction. Your attendance is encouraged, but not required.

These tickets won’t last long since there are only 100 tickets available, so get yours today!


Online ticket sales for the Trip to Tuscany Raffle are now closed. 

 

Restrictions: 

– Valid September 15- May 15.
– Subject to availability when you book (no more than 9 months in advance of
travel). NOT valid Christmas or Easter break.
– Vacation is transferable.
– Must book by May 31, 2019.
– Trip does not include airfare.