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Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Natural History & Natural Science Museums, Science & Technology Museums

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

Target demographics: everyone who wants to learn about the Earth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 11,000 elementary students, 26,000 total visitors

Geographic areas served: Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington

Programs: earth science education for people of all ages, research opportunities for geologists, mineralogists, and gemologists,

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'd heard about Rice NW from my brother for years before my first visit. When I finally got there I was utterly blown away. This place is amazing.

This is a world-class mineral museum, overflowing with of some of the most beautiful mineral specimens I've ever seen. A single visit isn't enough time to appreciate everything they have to offer. I will be back again and again, and I regret waiting so long to see it the first time!

(And the house is pretty cool, too!)

1 Debra104

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited as part Smithsonian Museum Day and it was an absolutely wonderful Gem of an experience. I highly recommend visiting. You come away thinking about our world a lot differently.

2 Mona R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The astonishing beauty of the museum is a lovely match for the astonishing beauty and variety of rocks and minerals on display. I've been to tour the museum and to some of their annual events, and always my children come away having had an enjoyable time. They don't even realize that they are learning. Makes you appreciate what a wondrous world we live in.

The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and will patiently answer many pestering questions from kids. I can't recommend this hidden "gem" enough.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been here with school groups and alone and it never fails to impress! The collection is stunning; mind-blowing, really! It is truly a not-to-miss place just minutes outside of Portland. Worth the trip. In addition to the exhibits and interesting film, they have picnic tables, so it's a great place to spend part of the day. The building is interesting, too, and if you admire collectors and collections of any type you will certainly love the RIce Museum!