The museum building was originally constructed by Richard and Helen Rice as their family home in 1952. Richard Rice, a logger by profession, incorporated many rare Oregon woods, such as myrtle wood and quilted maple, in the fabrication of their house. The Rices built a gallery in their basement to display their amazing personal mineral collection. In 1997, the entire building was converted to a public museum, and an additional gallery building was constructed in 2005.
I love learning how the world works. Learning just a little bit of this geology was enough to get my imagination firing.
Enough talk! Let's look at their amazing, mind-opening stuff.
|I don't even remember what this is, but wow!|
|The Charming Mother in Law with an enormous opal.|
|Imagine the forces it took to create such beauty.|
|The perfect place for a wizard to meditate.|
|These agates make these "landscapes" all on their own!|
|I could see a sort of fantastical entity hiding in here.|
|Ancient Tiger skull. Yowza!|
|I love Lapis Lazuli.|
|What story do you see in this piece?|
|The Rice's amazing house.|
|This makes me think of the wings on my angels in the Blood Wings series.|
|I think Lance's wings float like the chalcedony...|
|Can't you just see the feathers?|