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Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

January 28 - February 12, 2017

The World's Greatest Treasure Hunt 

For two weeks near the start of every year, Tucson becomes a playground for the world of international gem and mineral trading, buying, bargains and bragging rights. Here's how to make the most of your visit. (Click on the headlines to find tips and resources for visitors, show owners and vendors.)

More Than One Show

"Gem Show" sounds like a single site, but the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase includes more than 40 shows at dozens of locations around town, from giant halls to hotels and sprawling camps of roadside exhibit tents. Almost all shows are free and open to the public. You can review the official list of gem shows (and zero in on your interests) by clicking on this headline.

There's a Main Event

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® packs the downtown Tucson Convention Center for the final weekend of this two-week mineral madness, pulling in thousands of treasure hunters from every corner of the globe. Free seminars and a Junior Education Area make this show a big draw for families, too! Click on this headline to read about the history of this grassroots event.


Not Just For Pros

This event brings top collectors from around the world, but it's the cool factor that makes it the biggest event of its kind. Thousands of people from all walks of life come to gawk at gold, oooh over opals, and dig dinosaur fossils so amazing that museums get jealous. To get answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), click this headline.

Two Annual Events

The giant Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase has always taken place at the start of every year, but a second, smaller show in autumn in gaining momentum. Click here to check out our fall shows or click on this headline.

We Rock All Year

Rock hounds can check out Arizona minerals, gifts, maps, and books at the University of Arizona Mineral Museum at the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and other museums, attractions and retailers all year long. Find gems and minerals year-round with resources here, or click on this headline. 

Save these Dates!

Future Winter Shows

January 28 - February 12, 2017
January 27 - February 11, 2018

Join us in September and visit our Fall Shows!

September 8 - 11, 2016
September 7-10, 2017
September 6-9, 2018
Info via Twitter or Phone

Follow @TucsonGems on Twitter for updates all year, or call our information telephone line at 1-800-638-8350.

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