Every year the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society brings the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show to the Old Pueblo. This nationally acclaimed show is held for four days starting on the second Thursday of February, at the Tucson Convention Center. In addition to the exhibits/sales displays, there are daily seminars, activities for children and daily door prizes.
In 2017 the convention theme is Mineral Treasures of the Midwest.
The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show is open to the public. Here's what you need to know about the event.
Where is the 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show?
The 63rd Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is held at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church, Phone 520-791-4101. Tickets may be purchased at the Church Street and Granada Street entrances.
When is it?
February 9 through February 12, 2017. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
How do I get there from Phoenix?
Take I-10 east. From I-10 exit at the Congress/Broadway exit and travel east on Broadway approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right on Church. The Tucson Convention Center is on the right side immediately past the pedestrian bridge.
How much does it cost to get in?
Admission: $13 per person, children 14 and under are free with a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased at the Tucson Convention Center on the days of the show.
Advance tickets may be purchased at the Tucson Convention Center box office. Check here for a discount coupon.
Two-day tickets will be offered for $22 at the box office and TCC advance ticket sales.
Friday, February 10 is discount day for active and retired military and seniors (62+), and they will receive $2 off the ticket price at the box office only.
All discounted admissions stand alone and are not valid with any other coupons.
Where should I stay?
If you are traveling from outside Tucson, you might want to spend a night or two. These hotels are within half a mile of the Tucson Convention Center — you can walk!
The Downtown Clifton Hotel (Check guest reviews and prices for Downtown Clifton Hotel on TripAdvisor)
Arizona Riverpark Inn (Check guest reviews and prices for Arizona Riverpark Inn on TripAdvisor.)
Days Inn Tucson Convention Center (Check guest reviews and prices for Days Inn Tucson Convention Center on TripAdvisor.)
The Historic Hotel Congress (Check guest reviews and prices for Hotel Congress on TripAdvisor.)
To be honest, none of those hotels would be considered in the luxury category, so if you are looking for something a bit more upscale, there are many wonderful resorts in Tucson. Check out my recommended list.
What if I have more questions?
Is this the only gem show in Tucson?
The show at the Tucson Convention Center is huge, but there are many events going on around Tucson at the end of January and through the 2nd to 3rd week of February. Here are some resources for other gem, rock, mineral and jewelry activities in Tucson:
All dates and prices are subject to change without notice.