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New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum

Address: 21570 Almaden Road off Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA
Phone Number: 408-268-1729
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Ranked #13 of 64 Attractions in San Jose
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Trace the history of local quicksilver mining at this interesting specialty museum.
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San Jose, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Santa Clara county parks did a beautiful job renovating this historic building. The museum is informative and interesting, the staff is great and there are wonderful hikes in the hills surrounding the area

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The New Almaden quicksilver mine is the oldest and most productive quicksilver (i.e., mercury) mine in the U.S. The museum is a "gem" of a museum explaining the entire mining network that existed once in the San Jose area. There are exhibits (mining history of the area, and one on medicine); interactive exhibits; children's play area; rocks to pick up... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Lovely FREE museum that is part of the Santa Clara County Parks System and looked pretty ADA accessible. The ranger led us through the Casa Grande that houses the museum and showcases part of the restored house that one of the mine owner's lived in. The museum covers the extraction of mercury (called quicksilver) from the 1840's through early part... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Didn't know that this museum has so much of history to tell and show. If you are coming to San Jose, I'd suggest you to take another 10 miles toward south to this place. You will learn new things about this city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The New Almaden Mercury Mine was named after another huge mine in Spain. The New Almaden Mine was the biggest mine in CA during the gold rush because it mined the mercury needed to separate the gold from rocks. The museum is 1/2 mile from one of the entrances to the Almaden Quicksilver County Park which is great for hiking,... More

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a great place to get a feel for the historical culture of this area, especially if it is combined with a trip to Almaden Quicksilver County Park. The entrance is less than a mile from the museum and an interpretive map details some of the area's mining history.

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Lewiston, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Although people think of California and gold mines, this is something different and educational. They keep mining the Mercury becz it is more dangerous to the environment to leave it in the ground.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We had asked several months ahead for a docent to be present to guide our group of 30 or so around the Museum, which was a little crowded with our numbers. But the highly-knowledgeable Doug gave a thorough and interesting description of the house itself, and of the mining artifacts in the portion of the house that was converted to... More

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Glen Ellen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I had lived here for 13 years and knew something about New Almaden. Now this museum is open and explains the importance of New Almaden. The mercury supplied by this mining operation supplied the gold fields of California for many years. The house has lovely antiques and our docent was a gem! He explained the rooms and items shown. And... More

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San Jose, California
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Nice gift shop, pleasant rangers. I wish they offered a regular schedule to the mines rather than insisting it be done by group reservations (e.g. do this 1 time a month on Saturdays, subject to cancellation, sign up in adavance but you don't have to be a group...?) i feel like access to some of the mines could be better... More

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