Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses one of the world’s finest collections of gemstones and rocks from worldwide localities, which you can view through this virtual tour of the museum.
The museum has been hailed as one of the best of its kind in the nation, with its diverse collection of crystals and gemstones, petrified wood, fluorescent rocks, fossils, agates, meteorites, and other geological wonders from around the globe.
The Fossil Gallery features many items from the distant past. Dinosaur eggs, dino-dung, and a 3-D baby psittacosaurus dinosaur are just some of the old rocks you can find here. Learn about fossils, trace fossils, dinosaur eggs, and other prehistoric relics of land, air, and sea creatures, and test your knowledge at an interactive table of fossils rocks, and minerals.
One of the most popular exhibits for both young and old is the “Rainbow Gallery,” home to glow-in-the-dark stones that light up under ultraviolet light. Don’t forget to stop by the museum store to look through jewelry, books, and rocks for your family’s own collection.