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New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum

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Address: 21570 Almaden Road off Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA
Phone Number: +1 408-268-1729
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Trace the history of local quicksilver mining at this interesting specialty...

Trace the history of local quicksilver mining at this interesting specialty museum.

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Interesting Local History

The New Almaden Mercury Mining Museaum provides a good local history and facts about mercury mining. There are very good displays of artifacts and a tour of an old victorian home... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The New Almaden Mercury Mining Museaum provides a good local history and facts about mercury mining. There are very good displays of artifacts and a tour of an old victorian home. Enactors demonstrate blacksmithing an other crafts.

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Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is the mine manager's house that was in use right up to the closure of the mines. Lovingly restored, the two storey adobe is amazingly cool in the summer without AC.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Monday was a good day to visit this museum because it wasn't crowded at all. Bridget the docent gave me a private tour that lasted over an hour. She answered all my questions as well as giving me very in-depth information about the quicksilver industry. The period furnishings and scaled down models of the equipment used in quicksilver mining make... More 

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Thank SHADOWSPRITE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have been to the Museum a few times and always enjoy it. I live in Almaden Valley and enjoy learning all the information about the area.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have gone there many times and enjoy it all the time. The New Almaden Museum goes along with the Quicksilver park that has many trails that you can walk and enjoy and see some of places where the miners lived, There are two towns there to show you where the miners lived one for the English and one for... More 

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San Anselmo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

Formerly the home of mining managers and their families, the Casa Grande is now home to the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. The house is nicely refurbished in period furniture and docents are available to tell the history of the house and mercury mining operations in the area. The museum does a great job of informing the visitor about the... More 

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Thank Annette K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

It is at this museum that I learned more about New Almaden, before I head down yo the park to hike. The staff at the museum is very friendly. Even though I was the only visitor, the volunteer staff still took the trouble to give me a detailed 1-to-1 guided tour of the museum? Be ready to spend 1.5 hour... More 

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Thank Helicraz
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

The worker at the museum was very informative. It was cool to hear about the history of the area and see artifacts from that time.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

Very nicely done and staffed by dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. Highlights a very important part of our local history!

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Thank Marcia H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2015

Small museum but very interesting information on quicksilver mining. Docent volunteer very knowledgeable and able to recommend hiking in the are. Well worth the visit! Donations accepted.

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