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Mineral Madness

Saturday and Sunday — January 16 to 17, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(Members Only Preview & Sale — Friday, January 15, 2016 - 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.)

Whether you’re an amateur rock hound, novice or serious collector, at the Desert Museum’s annual Mineral Madness event you can discover why geology rocks!

Mineral Specimen

At the Mineral Showcase & Sale on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., thousands of specimens will be on display and for sale! For seasoned collectors, you’re likely to find some new varieties that would be great additions to your collection. Thanks to generous donors, we have a good variety of Mexican minerals this year (while they last!) This is also a fun place to start a collection with expert staff and docents to guide you and many specimens priced at as little as 50 cents.

While at the Museum, don’t miss the Museum’s Earth Sciences Center cave housing one of the world’s most comprehensive regional mineral collections. You’ll even get to see a moon rock on loan from NASA!

Especially for families, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend, you’ll find activity stations on the grounds where you can explore the amazing world of minerals. At each station, children can collect a free rock or mineral specimen in their own egg-carton collection box. Finish off the collection with a few specimens from the “Wheel of Fortune” at the sale.

Mineral Specimen

New This Year!

We welcome the Society of Earth Science Students from the University of Arizona with the following activities:

Sifting Stones:
Using different sized sieves, kids can dig through sand and dirt to collect and sort minerals and gemstones like a geologist in the field does when collecting samples for their own work!
Volcanic Eruption:
With our softly erupting dry ice volcano model in the background, kids can set off their own miniature volcanoes, learning about the inner workings of volcanoes and the basics of the rock cycle.
Mineral Specimen
Mineral Specimen