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Gems - Geodes

Gems and Minerals

Tucson's Year-Round Gem, Mineral & Fossil Itinerary

Each winter Tucson becomes home to dozens of gem shows, drawing tens of thousands of visitors in the span of three weeks! Every September a few shows open their doors for a long weekend after Labor Day.

Did you know that the rest of the year, visitors can visit select gem show venues that are open by appointment? And that our mines, museums, artist studios and other venues showcase the best of our history and talent as it relates to gems, minerals, fossils and rocks?

Come celebrate our heritage year-round and visit our mines, studios, museums and other venues housing exhibits that are both educational and beautiful.

Year-Round Gem & Mineral Shopping >>

These gem show venues are open to the public year-round. Be sure to call in advance, as hours may be by appointment only.

Mining Tours - Past and Present >>
Copper and silver made towns like Bisbee and Tombstone western legends. The wealth under our feet shaped the history of the area.

Museums & Displays >>
Gem & Art aficionados will be thrilled to find that Tucson is home to top-notch art and specialty museums. 

Studios, Shops, Designers & Silversmiths >>
Tucson is filled with artists and designers, studios, shops, and native jewelry and craft. 

Beads & Jewelry Classes >>
Want to polish your jewelry and bead-making skills? These classes will help you find the skills you need to bring home a one-of-kind treasure.

Caves & Caverns >>
Cave explorers of all ages and abilities can have a field day in Arizona.

For More Information

The Arizona Mineral Education >>
Provides links to mineral museums, photo galleries, and education outreach programs. It is a resource for educators, students, and the Arizona public.

The Arizona Experience Store >>
A Downtown Tucson resource for all rockhounds and hobbyists seeking more information on the history and geologic character of the state. Maps, books, free information and ideas for GeoTourism Day Trips are available from the helpful staff or their website.

Tucson Gem & Mineral Society >>
(TGMS) Sponsors of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® is a nonprofit, educational organization promoting interest in minerals, gems, jewelry, lapidary, and earth sciences. The Society holds monthly meetings open to public, lectures, educational classes, field trips, micromount