The 2018 special 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.
For those of you who appreciate "bugs" you'll love Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas. This large exhibit is the most comprehensive traveling exhibition in the United States that showcases these ancient creatures.
There will be more dinosaur skeletons on display than ever before thanks to Dinosaur Brokers.
We will bring all of the kids activities together to one 6,000 sq. foot area that will be called the Dinosaurs Rock Kids Corner. Children can sluice for gemstones, dig for fossils, crack geodes, build a big dinosaur, create a book of fossils & dinosaurs, mine for gemstones and even test their metal detecting skills with the folks from the East Coast Research & Discovery Association.
Our dimmed Junior Ballroom will again be full of glowing ultraviolet mineral specimens courtesy of the Franklin Mineral Museum.
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.
#4: New! Ogle the huge naturally-formed aquamarine cross that will appear in all of our print advertising. Though 6" tall this gem is worth more than $500,000.
Courtesy of Arkenstone.
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: At the new Dinosaurs Rock Kids Corner all children get a piece of genuine dinosaur bone. Plus, mine for genuine rubies, emeralds, and many other fantastic stones. And bust open your own geode!