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New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum

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Address: 21570 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120-4310
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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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Good bit of history - Beautiful setting

This was a great find on a beautiful day. The scenery is gorgeous around the mine museum. The museum is small but packs a lot into it. The volunteer we had was absolutely... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great find on a beautiful day. The scenery is gorgeous around the mine museum. The museum is small but packs a lot into it. The volunteer we had was absolutely terrific telling us about the history of mining - he had actually owned a small mine at one time! I'd recommend it

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Alamosa, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly and cosy little museum, filled with mercury/quicksilver ore specimens and lively exhibits with old photographs that depict the mines and operations in the area.

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Monte Sereno
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We took a out of town guest who is always interested in history to this museum. Great like tour. Good for kids too. There are hiking trails all around the area too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 28 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 5 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 9 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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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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