INDIANAPOLIS – This weekend, GeoFest, a rock hunter’s paradise, returns to the Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St. GeoFest runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the museum’s open hours and is included in the price of admission. Here’s what to know before you go:

Rock scouts

Regular admission is $13.95 for adults and $8.95 for children, but Saturday — thanks to a special program for Webelo scouts called the Earth Rocks Adventure, scouts and their immediate family members get in for $5 each. The activity involves scouts participating in geological activities while answering questions in a packet to fulfill the requirements.

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Rock sale

More than 20 vendors from around the country will be on hand giving visitors a chance to purchase all types of gems, fossils, rocks, minerals and jewelry. Vendors include Lavin’s Gems & Jewelry, Michigan Rocks and Minerals, Wonders of the Earth and Nature’s Spectrum Gems.

Rock learning

The event offers special programming allowing guests to explore geology and dig up discoveries in a mock dig pit, practice mineral testing, identify fossils and learn the different between rocks, gems and minerals. Geological organizations such as the 500 Earth Science Club and the Friends of Mineralogy will be on site for those interesting in joining a geological group.

Rock skills

As part of GeoFest, visitors can make their own geodes, build a crystalline structure, complete a mastodon puzzle, compete in GeoFest Trivia or design jewelry to take home.

In addition to GeoFest, your admission to the museum includes all galleries and exhibits. Visit for more information.

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Christine Schaefer is arts editor and editorial assistant at the Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3222 or