MAPS (Mid America Paleontology Society), Sponsor of National Fossil Exposition

Expo 2024 will be October 18-20, 2024 in the Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois

Pictures from Expo 31 in 2009

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National Fossil Exposition

Above - Thousands of fossils for sale in the main hall at Expo 31 in 2009.

MAPS has sponsored the National Fossil Exposition since 1979. The Expo will be held in the fall starting in 2021 (due to the coronavirus pandemic) with fossil enthusiasts converging from all across the nation as well as from Canada and a few overseas countries. Starting in 2021, there will be an admission charge to help cover the cost of the show venue: Age 19 and over: $2; Age 12-18: $1; Kids under 12 get in free.

The MAPS Fossil Expo is the largest show in the world that exhibits fossils exclusively. You'll find an enormous variety and number of fossils ranging from tiny insects to giant dinosaur bones. The great range of items at the show makes fossils accessible to all interests and budgets.

Above left - This Tsintaosaurus skeleton provided and set up by Michael Sincak, will be on display at Expo 32!

Above right - This is the skull of Michael Sincak's Tsintaosaurus!

Michael's Tsintaosaurus display is 33 feet long and 10 feet high at the hips! The stand itself is 114 x 69 inches.


School groups are welcome to come and join in the fun! We also have hands on exhibits for children.

Expo 35 attendees pour over items available at the live auction.

In addition to the Fossil Show itself, the Expo also presents a Friday evening lecture by a trained scientist speaking about the fossil theme of the year. And don't miss the fossil auction where fast-paced bidding brings great buys and all the proceeds go to the society's work of furthering paleontology education.

If you enjoy fossils or simply want to learn more about the ancient life of planet earth, come to the Expo. Remember, admission is free to everyone!

Mesosaurus Fossil Marine Reptile 

Ammonites galore! 

Giant trilobites