Today is National Non-Profit Day therefore the business of the week this week is just that, a non-profit.
If you are a gem hound the Rice NW Museum may just be a must see place. Founded in 1952 by Richard & Helen Rice as their family home. Richard was a logger who incorporated many rare Oregon woods into their home. They built a gallery in their basement to display their personal mineral collection. In 1997 the entire building was turned into a public museum and in 2005 an additional gallery building was also constructed.
One of the things that is so unique about this building that Richard built is that the architectural style incorporates natural stone work as well as extraordinary natural Oregon wood work which given Richard’s profession isn’t a surprise. I wonder when Richard and Helen began their personal collection if they ever thought that their home would be on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Rice Museum offers on site tours (appointments are required to visit), off-site Portable Earth Science Programs, and educational tours. If you are looking for something unique to go do maybe a visit to the museum is just what you need.
You can find them on Facebook at Facebook @RiceNWMuseum, and they are located at 26385 NW Groveland Dr. in HIllsboro. Phone number to make those appointments to visit is 503-647-2418