Museums bring history alive, like a skeleton found underneath your house. Dig up the past with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $9 for entry for two adults ($16 value)
- $11 for entry for one adult and two kids ($20 value)
- $20 for entry for two adults and four kids ($40 value)
View the standing galleries, which include displays of fossils and meteorites, or get a more hands-on experience at the rock pile, where collectors can peruse the constantly changing collection. They can even pick out some favorites to take home. The museum is also home to the largest opal-filled thunder egg in the world.
Student, senior, and military discounted tickets are available but this Groupon still offers the best deal available. Children aged 4 and under are free.
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
For more than 50 years, the geologists of Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals have invited the world to peruse their collections within a historic, ranch-style home in Hillsboro. But the specimens on display have been around for eons longer than that house has stood. There are cross sections of petrified wood, for instance, with a "Talking Log" exhibit to explain how wood transforms into stone over millions of years. Semi-transparent agate stones tell the tale of the planet's volcanic past with their intricately formed layers, and meteorites bear the pockmarks of their plummets to earth. A room of fluorescent stones glow neon in the dark—a remnant from the prehistoric days before cavemen discovered lava lamps.
Most of these collections are on display indoors, but the museum's outdoor grounds are also a draw. Visitors can wander along a sandstone-tiled path, exploring lush gardens filled with ferns, wildflowers, and rhododendrons. If you walk this path—whether during a spontaneous visit or during an organized event such as the summer festival—you may spot some natural wildlife, such as deer, rabbits, or hummingbirds frenetically sipping from a feeder.