New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum, San Jose

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  • 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 ge...  more »
  • 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!  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • I figured all the goods would be out on the trails and that I wouldn't want to spend a whole lot of time in the museum. Wow, was I wrong. I really enjoyed listening to one of the volunteers explain in great detail all the history, equipments, and politics of the time, answering any question we could throw her way - and then some. Definitely worth a visit if you've not been and you're in the park!
  • Outstanding. Colonial furnished former home and former Inn. Also, a GREAT little museum explaining the discovery of and the mining of Cinnabar rock and the process used to turn it into Mercury (which was essential during the Gold Rush).
  • Visited last Monday for the first time. Excellent presentation. Time well spent.
  • Fantastic small museum, volunteer staff more than happy to give tours, fascinating history.
  • This is a great place to learn about local history. Who knew the oldest man in California was tucked in the hills of Silicon Valley.
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