(520) 322-5773


Friday Morning "School Visits" Program

The 63rd Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® will be held February 9-12, 2017.

We would like to invite students, their teachers, and chaperones to enjoy this educational experience on Friday, February 10, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. All eligible persons from your school, including chaperones and bus drivers, will be admitted without charge.

The Show will be open to the general public during this time, so only a limited number of students, teachers and supervising adults can be admitted to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  State law requires that there be one (1) adult chaperone for every four to six (4-6) students. 

We will attempt to accommodate the needs of the individual schools, but arrival time assignments are prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, it is very important that the "School Visits Application" form be filled in completely and returned to us as soon as possible, no later than January 30, 2017. Notification of eligibility will be E-mailed to you shortly after you have applied. Coloring books, plus teacher instructions verifying your scheduled arrival time, entrance and exit points, parking instructions and a floor plan showing exhibit locations, will be delivered to your school as soon as possible before the Show. Allow at least one hour to see the exhibits, and an additional hour to visit Dealer booths.

This year the Show will have some extraordinary educational exhibits of minerals, gems, fossils, and other related objects from worldwide museums and collections, many of which have never been publicly displayed. Among these exhibits are world-class examples of “Mineral Treasures of the Midwest” the 63rd Show theme for the 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. 

We hope that you will join us at the Show in February and share with your students this unique educational opportunity. Please contact me at the snail-mail address, phone number, or email address listed below if you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Dick Gottfried

825 S. Loyola Avenue 

Tucson, AZ 85710

(520) 584-0211