Finding Treasure in the Heart of Tucson

As the Tucson Gem Mineral and Fossil Showcase arrives, the streets become packed with curious minds of all ages. Originating in Tucson, in 1955, this is the oldest, largest, and most admired gem and mineral show in the world, enjoying international status since the 1970s.  

Shoppers and collectors come from around the globe to sell and find fascinating new collectables, jewelry items, fossils, stones and more, making it the world’s greatest treasure hunt. The Tucson Gem show includes more than 40 different shows at dozens of locations around the city. The mix is slightly different every year resulting in repeat visitors, and most excitingly much of the show is open to the public for free admission. It’s so big, it packs the downtown Tucson Convention Center and nearby areas of the city through its final week, bringing in thousands of people from all over the world. 

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has two separate events that focus on kids. About 3,000 elementary students are invited to attend the show yearly and are given a special opportunity to see the exhibits and shop with dealers. Additionally, the show has a designated Jr. Education area where University of Arizona Society of Earth Science students share earth science information, answer questions, and offer hands on activities. More than 2,000 children of all ages visit this area yearly. 

The Society and Show Committee invite all students to attend the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase—be part of the yearly treasure hunt! For more information about the show visit: Tgms.org.

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