Mineral Specimen

Mineral Madness Sale and Family Fun

Saturday and Sunday
January 13-14, 2018 — 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(Members Only Preview
Thursday, January 11, 2018 — 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.)

Minerals in egg carton

Dig into the rockin’ world of minerals with fun hands-on activities for families. Shop for your own mineral and fossil treasures at rock-bottom prices! Thousands of mineral specimens for sale for the novice to the serious collector. The sale features Arizona and Mexico minerals with a selection of minerals and fossils from around the world as well. Bargain hunters will find specimens for as little as 50 cents!

The Museum's Junior Docents will run geology activity stations, where you can learn about mineral uses and special properties, make mineral crafts, and learn how to identify minerals. At each station, children can collect a free rock or mineral specimen in their own egg-carton collection box.

New This Year!

Rock Readings — Sunday January 14 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Do you or someone in your family like to collect rocks or minerals? Do you have some that mystify you? Every specimen has a story to tell. Bring in one, and learn from our Curator — what it’s called, how it formed, and why it’s special. We’ll help you build a story around your treasure.

Tales from the Vault — Saturday, January 13 10:00 a.m.

Tour behind the scenes in the ASDM Mineral Vault! Hear the stories behind some of our 16,000 specimens: some that first saw light of day over 100 years ago, some that traveled to World’s Fairs with famous collectors, and some that are best appreciated through a microscope due to their rarity or perfection of small crystals.

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Mineral Specimen
Mineral Specimen