Whether you’re an amateur rock hound, novice, or serious collector,  you can discover new gem and mineral treasures, PLUS learn something new at the Desert Museum’s annual Mineral Madness event!

At the Mineral Showcase & Sale from 9:00am to 4:00pm, 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 too!

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

NEW FOR 2015 – Test your skills on a 25 foot rock climbing tower (additional fee required). There will also be free live music performances for kids at 11:00am on both days.

ESPECIALLY FOR FAMILIES – You’ll find activity stations all around the grounds from 10:00am to 4:00pm, 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). The Art Institute is also offering family-friendly art activities, including painting with minerals.

LOCATION: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson

DATE: Saturday, January 17, 2015 and Sunday, January 18, 2015

TIME: 9:00am-4:00pm on both days

COST: $19.50 for adults; $17.50 for seniors; $15.50 for youth (ages 13-17); $6.00 for children (ages 4-12); Free for children 3 and under


One lucky TucsonTopian (that’s you!) will receive 4 tickets (2 adults + 2 kids, ages 12 and under) to Mineral Madness at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.


Enter your e-mail below for a chance to win. The deadline is Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 11:59pm.

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