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Upcoming Shows and Events

54th Annual GLMSMC Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Our Show!!! March 17-18, 2018.

Smithsonian Institution Exhibits in the National Museum of Natural History Events

  1. David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, permanent exhibition hall, 15,000-square-foot entered from the Sant Ocean Hall. Free admission, no tickets required. See the website.
  2. “Dinosaurs in Our Backyard”, new permanent exhibit on the 1st floor, in the Fossil Hall. The exhibit explores the scientific study of dinosaur biology, ecology, and evolution of dinosaurs which lived from 225 to 60 million years ago. Important contributions by amateur collectors are recognized.

Dinosaur Park

13200 Block of Mid-Atlantic Boulevard, Laurel, MD 20708, 301-627-7755.

Dinosaur Park interpretive area is open from dawn to dusk 7 days a week. The public is invited to participate in hands-on programs in the fossil area on the first and third Saturdays of every month from 12 noon until 4 pm.

Featuring a rare deposit of fossils from the Early Cretaceous period about 110 million years ago, the Park is part of a geologic formation called the Muirkirk Deposit that consists of sediments and clays that occur south of Washington D.C. to north of Baltimore. Here, paleontologists have unearthed fossilized bones of several kinds of dinosaurs, early mammals, and fossils of trees and early flowering plants.

Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature

The University of Richmond has reinstalled the permanent exhibition of Fluorescent Minerals from the Permanent Collection. It contains more than 300 specimens and more than 40 different mineral species from North America and beyond. Highlights of the installation include numerous minerals from New Jersey, yellow-green hyalite opal slabs from North Carolina, and deep red rubies from India. See the website.