When people think about the Pacific Northwest, thoughts of evergreen trees, rain and rolling green hills typically come to mind. The last thing to come to mind, if it even occurs to anyone, would be rocks. Don’t let that fool you! Hillsboro is home to a large collection of unique rocks and minerals, housed at the Rice Museum.
The following exhibitions can always be found at the museum:
Richard and Helen Rice collected rock and mineral specimens for over 50 years. Their adventure began in 1938 when they found some beautiful agates and jaspers on the Oregon Coast. Their interest peaked when they saw the transformation that took place after these gems were polished. From that time forward they were involved in rock and mineral clubs and collected hundreds of specimens. Their affinity with rocks and beautiful woods inspired them as they built their dream home with natural materials and plenty of room to showcase their collection. Wanting to share their passion for rocks and minerals with others, the couple organized a non-profit organization in their 80’s and their dream home is now the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals.
Many rocks and minerals have been donated or temporarily loaned to the museum over the years. Richard and Helen’s collection are constants for the museum, but other temporary exhibitions are rotated through the museum, check out their website for more information about special exhibitions!
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