Tucson is a Year-Round Capital of Gems, Minerals & Fossils
Every February, with daytime highs in the perfect mid-60s to low-70s, the Old Pueblo becomes home to biggest gem and mineral show in the U.S.A. — the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase — with dozens of gem shows throughout the city, drawing hundreds of thousands of collectors, jewelers, manufacturers, dealers and visitors from around the world. Some of these gem shows open again in September for a long weekend after Labor Day during the Tucson Fall Gem Show.
Until now, the people who followed their curiosity, passions and professions didn’t have one place to explore both the art and science of gemology and mineralogy. With the opening of the expanded University of Arizona Gem & Mineral Museum, visitors, rockhounds, hobbyists and scientists can delve into the fascinating world of precious stones, fossils, beads and more all year long.