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Address: 21570 Almaden Road off Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA
Phone Number: 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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Quicksilver Mining History & Museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2015
Annette K
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San Anselmo, California
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San Anselmo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 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 stars Reviewed October 31, 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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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 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 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Small County museum that does a nice job of explaining how quicksilver was mined and how it's used in the gold mining process. Nice old mine manager's home with several rooms decorated in late 1800s furniture. Good for an hour stop before or after a hike up to English Camp in the Almaden Quicksilver park nearby

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San Jose, California
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 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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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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