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New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum
Ranked #27 of 136 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: Trace the history of local quicksilver mining at this interesting specialty museum.
california
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“I love this place”
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, bike riding and horseback riding.

Visited May 2013
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San Jose, California
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31 reviews
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“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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“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.

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Palo Alto, California
Level 6 Contributor
291 reviews
71 attraction reviews
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“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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“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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