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New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum

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21570 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120-4310
+1 408-268-1729
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Great historical museum for ages 9 to adult

Learn about the mercury mines and why they were so important in the Gold Rush. A wealth of info and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
mariamhennessy
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San Jose, California
Very enjoyable and informative

As San Jose does not have a proper historical museum, I was eager to find something that might give... read more

Reviewed January 10, 2018
JJKFETP
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Pasadena, California
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Trace the history of local quicksilver mining at this interesting specialty museum.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“local history” (5 reviews)
“quicksilver” (12 reviews)
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21570 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120-4310
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+1 408-268-1729
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Reviewed yesterday

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.

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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

Thank JJKFETP
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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!

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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

2  Thank brennankellyr
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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

3  Thank leslieness
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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

1  Thank TravelerSHL
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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.

Thank Coyote000
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Reviewed January 17, 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.

Thank Linda B
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Reviewed October 21, 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.

Thank TJFLG42
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Reviewed September 28, 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.

Thank Norma W
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