|Wednesday, April 4:||Noon - 9p|
|Thursday, April 5:||Noon - 9p|
|Friday, April 6:||Noon - 9p|
|Saturday, April 7:||10a - 6p|
|Sunday, April 8:||10a - 6p|
|Tickets at the Door:||Wednesday thru Friday|
|Under 4 = Free|
|Age 4 and up = $10|
|Saturday & Sunday|
|Under 4 = Free|
|Age 4 to 11 = $10, includes choice of a Herkimer diamond, a 2 cm golden pyrite cube (Fools' Gold) from Spain, a 50 million year old fossil fish from Wyoming, or a faceted 1-3 carat cubic zirconia|
|Age 12 and over = $15|
|Online Tickets:||Priced the same as those purchased at the door (which is cash only)|
|Online ticket purchasers enjoy 30 minute earlier entry into the exhibits (Titanoboa: Monster Snake, Franklin Mineral Museum UV minerals, and Trilobite Treasures). Early entry does not include the main sales floor.|
Admission fee includes all exhibits, attractions, demonstrations, children's activities, mineral and fossil club freebies, dealer give-aways, and a $7,000 donation to the non-profit Franklin Mineral Museum.
|Venue Address:||NJ Convention & Exposition Center (aka 'NJ Expo Center') located in Raritan Center at 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison.|
|Scroll down for driving directions and maps.|
|Taxis from Metropark Station:||Checker Taxi: 732-634-8300|
|Independent Taxi: 848-205-1075|
|Metuchen Taxi: 732-548-0064|
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#1: New! Titanoboa: Monster Snake from the Smithsonian Institution, our finest exhibit yet. At 48 feet, this
fossil mega-snake was longer than a school bus and was at the top of the monster-eat-monster food chain.
#2: New! "Bug" lovers will enjoy Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas, the most comprehensive traveling exhibition showcasing these ancient creatures.
#3: New! Even more dinosaur skeletons than last year, courtesy of Dinosaur Brokers
#4: Dinosaurs Rock will present their 3,000 square foot museum display of dinosaurs and other amazing fossils.
#5: Glowing ultraviolet minerals in the dimmed Jr. Ballroom presented by the Franklin Mineral Museum.
|Other Cool Things:||
#1: Various NJ and NY mineral, fossil, and lapidary clubs will keep the kids busy with activities and giveaways. |
|#2: Every weekend $10 child admission includes choice of a herkimer diamond, a 50 million year old fossil fish from Wyoming, a golden pyrite cube ("fools' gold") from Spain, or a faceted 1 - 3 carat cubic zirconia. Retail values up to $40. (Not offered on weekdays because our unpaid volunteers have full-time jobs)|
|#3: 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.|
|#4: The Geology department of Rutgers University will participate with activities and exhibits.|
|#5: A separate 20,000 square foot 'Wholesale Only' area open will be open to those in possession of a sales tax / business license.|
|Expected Attendance:||16,000 - 20,000 depending on weather|
Heather for dealer inquiries.
Lowell for advertising and operations.
|(Yes, just us two. We also organize the much larger Denver Mineral Show and the Tucson 22nd Street Show)|
We negotiated significantly reduced rates at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn that are available to everyone and anyone. Please go to our Exhibitor Info page and scroll down to HOTELS.
|Driving Instructions:||Garden State Parkway: Exit 127 if North-bound, else Exit 129 if South-bound, to Rt 440 South. Once on Rt 440|
take 1st exit onto 514 West (Woodbridge Avenue) following the signs for Raritan Center. Careful! Don't get onto the NJ Turnpike. Once on Woodbridge Ave exit at 1st right for Raritan Center onto Raritan Center Parkway. Follow the signs for 1.5 miles to the NJ Expo Center.
NJ Turnpike: Exit 10, keep right after toll onto 514 West (Woodbridge Avenue). Then exit at 1st right for Raritan Center onto Raritan Center Parkway and follow signs for 1.5 miles to the NJ Expo Center.
I-287 South: to Exit 514 West / Raritan Center (immediately after NJ Turnpike exit) puts you on Woodbridge Avenue. Then exit at 1st right for Raritan Center onto Raritan Center Parkway and follow signs for 1.5 miles to the NJ Expo Center.