I've lived in Tucson for over 20 years, passed this place more times than I can count, and have made numerous mental notes to visit. Alas, today was the first visit for me! I took my two kids, ages five and seven - both aspiring geologists, and we were there for nearly two hours. It isn't huge - just intensely interesting. The most expansive selection of excellent local specimens I have ever seen, not to mention the array of specimens from afar.
The pleasant, good-natured gentleman who runs the shop impressed my daughter as "the nicest person in any store I've ever been in". Forgive the corny pun, but he is truly a Gem. He was so helpful and kind - we felt welcome to roam around and explore all the nooks and crannies of the shop without pressure of any kind.
My kids both have friends who are rock hounds, and I have already dashed off a dozen E-mails telling their folks about this place.
If you're in Tucson, don't miss the opportunity to visit Tucson Mineral and Gem World!
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