Our first show was attended by 6,000 visitors and had 115 exhibitors offering minerals, fossils, meteorites, gems, jewelry, gold, silver, opals, petrified wood, and much more. Both the general public and advanced collectors were wowed by the specimens in the 'Fine Mineral and Gem Gallery'. And the $2 million worth of genuine dinosaurs skeletons was not to be missed! We also debuted the 4-ton 'American Woman' sculpture chiseled from a single 21-ton block of Colorado marble. The enthusiastic response from our visitors set the course for a much bigger and better show the following year in 2013. But first we had to move to a larger venue, which was the 150,000 square foot NJ Conference and Exposition Center. For a 2012 show report click the 'Read More' button. Login
A huge success! Thank you for your support. The visitor count was 10,230 (up 70%!) and the booth count was 271. The 'Minerals and Fossils of NY / NJ' show theme was supported by a gigantic exhibit contained within 35 beautiful wall-cases. Both the Franklin Mineral Museum and the Sterling Hill Mine Museum turned the Jr Ballroom into a fantastic ultraviolet mineral room. The Main Ballroom hosted the high-end 'Fine Mineral & Gem Gallery' which showcased $millions worth of fine minerals. On the main floor visitors browsed hundreds of booths of jewelry, gems, gold, minerals, fossils, and dinosaurs. The original dinosaur props from Jurassic Park were a hit, as were the special surprises throughout the show. For a 2013 show report click the 'Read More' button.
We expect 350 - 400 booths and 13,000 - 14,000 visitors to see a much bigger and better show. The Franklin Museum and the Sterling Hill Museum will return to enlarge their UV mineral display. You can touch rocks from the Moon, Mars, and Vesta. See a 12' fossil skeleton of America's largest carnivore: an Entelodont "hell pig". A few steps away will be a $1 million Tyrannosaurus skull. The co-theme is 'Fossils of Germany' and stars the finest Archaeopteryx specimen in existence (worth $4 million) on loan from the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. See the finest collection of Devonian Bundenbach fossils in the world (first time in the USA) and exquisitely preserved Permian vertebrates from Pfalz. More exhibits added nearly every week. Catch a Bob Jones lecture too! Login
Video taken at 9 AM on Friday morning of the 2012 show. The vantage point is from above the Fine Mineral & Gem Gallery.