Today we took the kids to the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals right here in Hillsboro. Bronson is doing a unit at school on rocks and went on a field trip a couple of weeks ago. He was really excited and wanted to share the experience with us. We were able to get a Cultural Pass from the library so it was FREE!
The museum is located off of Helvatia Road in the former home of Helen and Richard Rice. Every room is full of beautiful rocks, minerals and gems. Our favorite was the rainbow room with fluorescent rocks. The NW Mineral Gallery is really neat too. You can see giant thunder eggs and beautiful crystals.
What I really liked about this place was how much they love and respect children. The guides could tell that Bronson had been there before and they asked him questions so he could "show off" to his parents. They made sure that we saw interesting things and were not nervous about Keziah touching the cases.
Where: 26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124
How Much: Adult $7, Senior $6, Student $5, Under 5 Free
Call the Hillsboro Library to reserve a cultural pass and you can get in for FREE