For over 25 years the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals has offered opportunities to learn more about geology and mineralogy. Our programs are designed for all ages, interests, and abilities.
We are currently offering Guided Group Experiences with limited capacity. All other programs are temporarily suspended.
The greatest gift a teacher can give is a new appreciation for the world around them, including the world under a student’s feet. Our educational programming is compatible with the Next Generation Science Standards.
The historic Rice Museum houses one of the world’s finest collections of rocks and minerals. With extensive galleries, touchable specimens, and skilled tour guides, we create a layered educational experience for students of all ages. Tour topics include rock and mineral formation, fossilization, geologic time, and more.
Guided Experiences are approximately 90 minutes long.
Plan an additional 30 minutes if you would like to have lunch on the grounds and another 30 minutes if you would like to explore the Museum Store. A visit to the store, and lunch on the grounds must be added to your reservation prior to your visit.
Each student may take home one rock from the Rock Pile as part of their experience.
The pricing gives a group discount from our standard admission rates. Guided school tours are scheduled outside of regular operating hours
$75 for 2-10 attendees (adults and children)
$150 for between 11-27 attendees (adults and children)
$300 for 28-55 attendees (adults and children)
All payments will be invoiced. Due to the popularity of our programs reservations will be cancelled if payment is not received by the due date.
Public Schools: payment is due two weeks prior to the tour.
Private Groups: payment is due within 2 weeks of making a reservation.
100% of payment will be refunded for any state mandated order affecting Museum programs, or if the tour is cancelled by Rice Museum.