Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase
The World's Largest Treasure Hunt
January 31 - February 15, 2015
The popular Gem Show Hotline, 622-GEMS (4367), will REOPEN in 2015! In the meantime, please call our Visitor Information number at 1-800-638-8350. Follow us year-round on Twitter @TucsonGems.
For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
The "Gem Show" is much more than a single event at one location. Rather, there are thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town. Dozens of shows take place at the same time - in giant white tents, at hotels and resorts and at exhibit halls.
There's something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows - from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads, and from fine specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback.
The main event of this two-week showcase is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™ which packs downtown's Tucson Convention Center over the final weekend. This show attracts thousands of treasure hunters from every corner of the globe and is open to the public. There are displays from renowned museums and private collections along with over 250 mineral, gemstone, jewelry and fossil retail dealers. It also features free lectures and seminars, and a Junior Education Area.
Most of the gem and mineral shows around Tucson are free and hours vary. For more information, please use the Search for Shows function in the right column of this page.
Any visit to Downtown Tucson during the Showcase (and at all other times of the year) should start with a trip to the Arizona Experience Store. Browse through the extensive collection of Arizona minerals, unique gifts, maps, books, and more! Visit the Arizona Information Center in the lobby of the store for free brochures from over 60 natural resource agencies. Also, visit the Tucson Visitor Center at La Placita Village for directions, attractions information, and restaurant recommendations.
Save the Date!
Future Winter Shows
Join us in September and visit the growing number of Fall Shows!
Transportation Options for the Winter Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
Hotel Room Availability
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Transportation Security Administration
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) requests you review the updated information regarding materials prohibited when flying.
Show Owner & Dealer Information:
Tucson Fire Department:
- Lighting connections (PDF)
- Building safety requirements (PDF)
- Outdoor cooking booth requirements (PDF)
- Erecting tents (PDF)
For information regarding scales, device licenses and license requirements:
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