Mineral Madness 2015
(Members Only Preview & Sale — Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 5:00-7:00 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 new gem and mineral treasures and learn something new about the region's geology.
At the Mineral Showcase & Sale on Saturday and Sunday from 9 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 collections. This is also a great place to start a collection with expert staff and docents to guide you and many specimens priced at as little as 50 cents. Be sure to check out the jewelry-making demonstrations.
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. you'll find activity stations all around 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. (You are encouraged to bring your own but the Museum will also provide them while supplies last.) And the Art Institute is offering family-friendly art activities including painting with minerals.
|Rock Out! New for 2015!|
|11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.||Test Your Skills on the 25 ft. Rock Climbing Tower
(Additional Fee Required)
|Free Live Musical Performances|
|Saturday||11:00 a.m. to Noon||Nap Skippers|
|Sunday||11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.||Mr. Nature's Music Garden|
Did you know...
- Some minerals can cause double vision while others act like a TV screen?
- Birds eat clay with minerals in it and humans ingest minerals too?
All photos by Ron Gibbs