The 2018 special exhibit will be Titanoboa: Monster Snake from the Smithsonian Institution. A second traveling exhibit will be announced by June 15. Twice as many dinosaurs and Ice Age skeletons will be on display than in 2017. The Junior Ballroom will again be full of glowing ultraviolet mineral specimens. As for the buying opportunities, this huge family-friendly show and sale features common | intermediate | investment grade mineral specimens, fossils, dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, artisan jewelry, amber, turquoise, emeralds, beads, findings, gold, silver, crystals, cabochons, science gifts, metaphysical, interior decor, petrified wood, craftsman jewelry boxes, tools, supplies, and so much, MUCH more! Prices are 60% to 90% lower than museum stores, gift shops, and jewelry outlets because this is where they come to buy. We now welcome vendors of all sciences and history to our show and our special exhibits will reflect this wider focus — but at heart this will always be a mineral, fossil, and gem event.
#1: New! Our feature exhibit will be Titanoboa: Monster Snake from the Smithsonian Institution. At 48 feet, this mega-snake was longer than a school bus and was at the top of the monster-eat-monster food chain.
#2: New! Twice as many dinosaur and Ice Age skeletons than the 2017 show, courtesy of Dinosaur Brokers.
#3: Glowing ultraviolet minerals in the dimmed Jr. Ballroom presented by the Franklin Mineral Museum. They will also have glowing specimens for sale.
Other Cool Stuff
#1: The weekend $10 child admission includes their choice of a Herkimer diamond, a 50 million year old fossil fish from Wyoming, a faceted 1+ carat cubic zirconia, or a natural 2 cm golden pyrite cube (fools' gold) from Spain.
#2: Dinosaurs Rock will create a huge 3,000 square foot fossil display and give away fragments of genuine dinosaur bone.