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“Local history musuem”

New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum
Ranked #27 of 137 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: Trace the history of local quicksilver mining at this interesting specialty museum.
San Jose, California
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Local history musuem”
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.

Visited May 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Local history and mining in one great session”
Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

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.

1 Thank mtrinko
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Palo Alto, California
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290 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“Fascinating little place”
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 a mining museum. If you know little of the mercury-mining history of California, this will inform you - there's even a large lump of cinnabar (mercury ore) to be handed around.

Ample paved parking. Flush toilets. Gift shop with literature for sale. No food, though. All told, a good place to stop if you're in the neighborhood - and a nice plein-air California drive to get here. Hiking trails are available in the nearby mining park at the top of the hill (separate parking). Be careful of deer when passing the reservoir - there's still enough water there for them to drink.

Visited January 2014
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Glen Ellen
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161 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Fascinating period of California history told”
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 he also mentioned General Hallack who was mining superintendent here. The process of making mercury from ore was demonstrated very clearly. And the gift shop was very nice. This was a very enjoyable afternoon, recommended by our granddaughter. Worth a visit!,

Visited April 2013
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San Jose, California
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159 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Lots of mining tools, findings”
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 allowed.

Visited March 2012
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