The Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals will Re-Open July 10!

The museum worked with OSHACDCWashington County HHS, and the Oregon Museum Association (OMA) to stay up to date on best practices and safety guidelines as we planned our reopening. Yes, masks are required for the foreseeable future.

Appointments are required to visit the museum to limit crowd sizes. Slots are filling up fast, so don’t delay! Use this link to schedule your appointment.

New Exhibits!
During the shutdown, we added the following new content:

The Mineral Adventures of Bruce Carter exhibit features worldwide specimens from our esteemed member of the board of directors. Bruce grew up in the mineral-rich metamorphic rocks of New England, and has been collecting ever since. He assembled two fascinating cases in the Master Gallery downstairs.

Meet “Bernie” the thalattosaur, a 3D replica of a sea-going reptile from Oregon’s Triassic rocks. Local fossil prep expert Greg Carr spent about 4,000 hours excavating, cleaning, scanning, and 3D-printing the skeleton. Bernie is hanging from the NW Gallery rafters.

Local collector Linda Harvey installed a case of polished spheres in the Harvey Lapidary Gallery, complete with the source material to show an amazing ‘before and after.’ Linda is the daughter-in-law of museum co-founders Sharleen & William Harvey Sr.

This announcement was originally shared by the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals. Learn more on their website.