Hall Museum Field Trip, La Center, Washington

It was a perfect day for a road trip as a small group of us headed north to La Center. The Hall Museum consists of a private collection of rocks and minerals accumulated over more than 40 years.  The building this collection is displayed in was built specifically for that purpose and based on what we saw in the rough rock area… it will need to be expanded before everything can be displayed.

Richard and Bernice Hall greeted us when we arrived and gave us a personal tour of not only the main display hall, but also the rough rock storage areas and machine shops.

The main hall featured cut and polished rock slabs, spheres, carvings, crystals, petrified wood and cabs. The sphere collection was perhaps my favorite part. I saw beautiful spheres of stone that I had never seen before as well as spheres of truly impressive size. The sliced agate displays were back-lit and showed off the fantastic colors and patterns beautifully.  There was a large number of cut and polished thunder eggs and plenty of large slabs of petrified wood.

The main room of the museum was also lined with the trophies and awards that this collection has garnered over the years. I didn’t count them, but there must have been over 100. Continue reading “Hall Museum Field Trip, La Center, Washington”