State Museum Hosts Two Geology and Paleontology Themed Programs in February

Release Date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Contact Information: 
Contact: Office of Communications Phone: (518) 474-1201

The New York State Museum will host two geology and paleontology-themed programs in February: The Rock and Fossil Fun Fair on February 15 and 16 and the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale on February 22 and 23.

The Rock and Fossil Fun Fair will be held on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Children can mine for minerals, forage for fossils, experiment with a river replica and participate in more than 10 hands-on geology and paleontology activities. Visitors are encouraged to bring their rocks and fossils from home for identification from Museum scientists. This program is free admission; donations are appreciated.  

The 26th Annual James Campbell Memorial Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale will be held on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. More than 30 vendors from throughout the region will display and sell gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry. Admission is $5 (cash only); children ages 12 and under are free. This event is co-sponsored by the Capital District Mineral Club and the New York Academy of Mineralogy. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s mineral-acquisition fund.

The State Museum is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is free. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website.