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Mineral Madness

January 18 & 19, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

P.S. Desert Museum Members! You get a special preview on Thursday, January 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Not a member? Join today to access this exclusive opportunity!

Did you know that zinc and copper are important for healthy eyes? And that glasses are made from the mineral quartz? Maintain your 2020 vision with a dose of minerals at Mineral Madness. Shop for your own mineral and fossil treasures at rock-bottom prices and enjoy fun hands-on activities for families all around the museum!

Young guest selecting minerals

Specials at the sale this year:

The sale showcases thousands of mineral specimens for the novice to the serious collector. Featured are Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico specimens, including minerals from a brand-new donation from a life-long collector. Bargain hunters will find specimens for as little as 50 cents! Children can collect free rocks and minerals in their own egg-carton collection box.

Young guest obtaining a rock reading

Rock Readings!
January 18 & 19, 2020
1:00 p.m. 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.

Mineral Specimen
Mineral Specimen
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