Tales From The Yellow Bus

Every time Bev & I go to the coast out highway 26, we pass by this ranch house set off in the fir trees. I’ve often wondered about the house and the other day I found out about its history. I was asked to drive a charter from Rieke grade school to the Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals. I received my directions and picked up the kids and headed out. Low and behold, its the house in the woods that we passed.

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals was founded by Richard L. and Helen M. Rice in 1996 for the express purpose of passing on to present and future generations the opportunity to obtain knowledge and pleasure from these beautiful wonders of nature.

“Alma Rose”

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is located in Hillsboro, Oregon, about 20 minutes west of downtown Portland. The Rice NW Museum is home to the “Alma Rose” Rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado. The museum also boasts the largest opal-filled thunderegg in the world, crystalized gold bigger than your hand, dinosaur eggs and fossils, en extensive metorite collection, and hundreds of other attractions. The Rice Museum has become nationally recognized. It is the finest rocks and minerals museum in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the best in the nation.

The museum facility is listed on the National Historic Registry and recognized for its unique architectural style, as well as its use of natural stone on the interior and exterior, and the extraordinary woodwork throughout, all of native Oregon woods.

What a wonderful place to spend hours. They are Open to Visitors 1:00-5:00 P.M. Wed-Sun
Group Tours By Appointment Only

Adult – $7.00
Senior(60+) – $6.00
Student(5-17) – $5.00
Under 5 – Free

3 Responses to “Tales From The Yellow Bus”

  1. Yep, like you Mike, while zipping along to the beach, I would gaze at the pristine house in the woods and wonder about it.
    Two years ago, my grandson’s class from Camas WA., visited the rock museum.
    I have yet to go. I guess I better plan some extra time into our next beach trip.
    Some people make wonderful contributions to mankind. Not only does the Rice family make an effort to give us a bit of beautiful scenery, they also make an effort to educate us.

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