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“Fascinating little place”

New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum
Ranked #27 of 140 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: Trace the history of local quicksilver mining at this interesting specialty museum.
Reviewed 6 January 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.

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Reviewed 14 October 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!,

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Reviewed 22 October 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.

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Reviewed 12 September 2012

I pass by this museum all the time when going to the La Foret restaurant at the end of town. I finally stopped and visited the place. It was well worth the time spent there. The hills all around New Almaden are those that were mined for cinnabar/mercury for quite a while in the past. I knew a little about the area because of a plaque at the La Foret, but seeing some of the equipment and reading more about the techniques used in mining was really interesting.

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Reviewed 28 May 2012 via mobile

Not many things are free these days. The Casa Grande is a gem, full of history an the volunteer staff is great in walking you through the exhibits.
Plan for a couple of hours. In nice weather you can picnic outside, and plan on talking the a walk to the historical houses along Almadrn road and the cemetery on Bertram.

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