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New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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A Long Visit with Quick Silver

We arrived a few minutes before opening. Kitty, a docent, gave an informative tour and answered my... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kenneth L
Los Angeles, California
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 19 June 2018
San Jose, 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 1 week ago

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

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 19 June 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.

1  Thank mariamhennessy
Reviewed 10 January 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

1  Thank JJKFETP
Reviewed 12 October 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!

Thank garth66
Reviewed 18 August 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
Reviewed 3 April 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
Reviewed 19 March 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
Reviewed 26 February 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
Reviewed 17 January 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
Reviewed 21 October 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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