This year's special exhibitions are the best yet. The Evolving Universe comes from the Smithsonian Institution and Picturing Science is coming from the American Museum of Natural History. Returning from last year are two more special exhibits as well as the very popular Junior Ballroom full of glowing ultraviolet mineral specimens. Joining our dinosaurs this year is a huge Ice Age Stegodon and woolly rhinoceros. 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! From the Smithsonian Institution, we will feature The Evolving Universe, our finest exhibit yet. Visitors will journey from the here and now of Earth to beyond our galaxy, traveling back through time and out into space.
#2: New! From the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), comes the 76-panel Picturing Science shown for the first time outside of the AMNH.
#3: New! Prehistoric Planet will erect a 13' tall Ice Age Stegodon to be accompanied with an Ice Age woolly rhino from Dinosaur Brokers.
#4: Glowing ultraviolet minerals in the dimmed Jr. Ballroom presented by the Franklin Mineral Museum. They will also have glowing specimens for sale. Your admission ticket supports a $5,000 grant to this worthy non-profit.
#5: Returning: the massive AMNH's Natural Histories, the Smithsonian's modest The Mask of Lincoln, and dinosaurs! ...including an adult Tyrannosaurus rex nicknamed Ivan.
#1: New! Every $10 child admission includes their choice of a faceted 1 - 3 carat cubic zirconia, a natural 2 cm golden pyrite cube ("fools' gold") from Spain, a 50 million year old fossil fish from Wyoming, or a Herkimer diamond!
#2: Dig for fossils at the PaleoBond booth, sluice for gemstones or crack geodes at the Dinosaurs Rock booth, and test your metal detecting skills at the East Coast Research & Discovery Association booth.
#3: Dinosaurs Rock will create a huge 3,000 square foot fossil display.
#4: A dozen NJ and NY mineral, fossil, and lapidary clubs, as well as museums and the Geology department of Rutgers University will keep the kids busy with activities, giveaways, and demonstrations.
#5: A separate 20,000 square foot 'Wholesale Only' area will be open only to those possessing a sales tax / business license. Wholesalers in this B2B area have a $100 - $250 minimum purchase requirement.