Frequently Asked Questions


Here are the answers to many of the frequently asked questions about the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. The museum is home to over 20,000 rock and mineral specimens. If you have any additional questions that are not answered here, please feel free to Contact Us to get more information.



Q. Do we do appraisals?
A. No, however, we will help you identify your mineral.

Q. Is there a charge for cutting rocks?
A. No, however, please call in advance to ensure staff is available to cut your rock.

Q. Do you buy minerals and collections?
A. As a general rule, no. However, each inquiry is considered on an individual basis.

Q. Are pets allowed in the Museum?
A. Except for certified for handicap persons, pets are welcome outside only and must be on a leash. We ask that you pick up after your pets.

Q. Can I schedule a tour outside of museum hours?
A. Yes. Contact us for details.

Q. Are group reservations required?
A. Yes, for groups of 10 or more.

Q. How can I get a rock identified?
A. We will gladly help identify your rock. Contact our curator, or send a picture to Curator@ricenorthwestmuseum.org.

Q. Do we sell rock hammers, tumblers or other rock hounding equipment?
A. No, however, Ed's House of Gems (503-284-8990) may carry what you need.