GeoFest: The Indiana State Museum Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show

Dates: Feb. 15-17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 Included with museum general admission. 
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Want to do a bit of research before the show? Read our guest blog by Peggy Fisherkeller, our curator of geology. What's in a geode? >>

Browse a wide variety of fossils, cut and uncut gemstones and minerals from all over the world during this signature festival. Purchase jewelry, crafts made from natural materials and specimens for display or for your collection. 

After purchasing the most interesting item you can find, participate in geological-themed activities that set this show apart from others.

Help our Pleistocene zookeeper with feeding time and explore Indiana's ancient seas through a Paleozoic scuba diving scavenger hunt. Learn about caves, then create formations in Cardboard Engineering to add to our life-sized cave. Make amethyst jewelry or a pet rock, then sift through a mock excavation site to find fossils.

Don't forget to visit the rest of the museum while you're here. You're sure to find connections between the extraordinary fossils, gems and minerals at the show and our Birth of the EarthAncient Seas and Frozen Reign galleries. Plus, look at special natural specimens under the micro-eye in the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab.

Many exhibitors will be joining us for GeoFest including:

  • Arkansas Gems
  • Atif Irfan
  • B-Town Beads and Oddities
  • Brian Johnson
  • David Straw
  • DK Rock, LLP
  • Fossilized Indiana
  • Harris Precht
  • Indiana Geological and Water Survey
  • Jox Rox
  • Kathleen Clausen
  • Lamont's Rock Pile
  • M & R Trading, Inc.
  • Nature's Spectrum Gems
  • Oh My! Jewelry
  • Rock Candy Minerals
  • Savage Creations
  • Sunshine Rock Company
  • Textilian/Ottoman Empire
  • Transparent Gem
  • The Upper Crust
  • Woodies Rock Shop
  • Wonders of the Earth

Plus, meet members of these local organizations:

  • 500 Earth Science Club
  • IMI
  • Indiana Geological Survey
  • Professional Geologists of Indiana

Donor Exclusive
All donor-level members are invited to enjoy one of our newest donor membership perks at Geofest! Express check-in will be offered at Information Station, located just inside the museum when entering from the parking garage from level 1, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.