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New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Great Tour, Tiny Sign

We'd read about the museum and wanted to visit but were having a lot of trouble finding it! A... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mercury- seriously

Never realized this mining town existed literally in our backyard and was bountiful until mercury... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Santa Clara, California
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Trace the history of local quicksilver mining at this interesting specialty museum.
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21570 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120-4310
+1 408-268-1729
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We'd read about the museum and wanted to visit but were having a lot of trouble finding it! A local finally pointed the way and we had a marvelous tour! We already knew a little about mining of silver and the use of mercury/quicksilver, but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never realized this mining town existed literally in our backyard and was bountiful until mercury was basically put out of business for its toxicity. Not your usual museum perhaps, but makes you appreciate how undeveloped the area used to be. The house has great docents...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 11, 2018

We arrived a few minutes before opening. Kitty, a docent, gave an informative tour and answered my many questions. Quicksilver is an old name for mercury which is used in refining gold and silver. You might think this mine was established in response to the1848...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

Learn about the mercury mines and why they were so important in the Gold Rush. A wealth of info and the result of mercury tailings and effluvia destroying the deep water port of Alviso and the riches oyster beds in the worlds.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank mariamhennessy
Reviewed January 10, 2018

As San Jose does not have a proper historical museum, I was eager to find something that might give at least some insight into the area. A docent enthusiastically put on geological, historical, and geographic hats to take me around the mining part of the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank JJKFETP
Reviewed October 12, 2017

Informative museum tour and interesting history. Very educational displays with historic artifacts, tools and photographs, and a lot of information about local mining history. A very nice collection!

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 18, 2017

I had planned to come here on the way out to a trailhead in the Quicksilver area. There were not docents around really, when I was there. There was one woman in the little shop, but that was it. It is a well preserved old...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank KRBren
Reviewed April 3, 2017

The flooding of Coyote Creek this spring, 2017, but me in deep research mode exploring just where our water does come from, and in all the research, a place popped up on my radar screen that I had never heard of, this mining museum. The...More

Date of experience: March 2017
3  Thank leslieness
Reviewed March 19, 2017 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...More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank TravelerSHL
Reviewed February 26, 2017

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.

Date of experience: April 2016
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