Visiting San Jose’s Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon in the city. Whether you are visiting San Jose or have lived here for years, there is always something to be learned by looking back at the great civilizations of Egypt. There is a built-to-scale pyramid tomb, models of Egyptian towns, statues of gods and real mummies. The museum’s exhibits are loaded with artifacts from several periods in history and include everything from scribes to cosmetic containers and furniture. Looking through the museum allows you to get a glimpse of what life was like at any time period in ancient Egypt. Many of the exhibits have push to play audio recordings that narrate the significance of the objects before you. There is even a birthing room that will make you a little more grateful for modern medicine.
This museum is suitable for all ages, though would not be categorized as kid friendly. There is no kid’s corner, children’s entertainers or place to get snacks, but children with an interest in Egyptian history would enjoy this museum. There is a passport game where children collect stamps on their passports from different areas of the museum. The planetarium show varies but is listed on the website and is free with the purchase of your admission tickets. The perfect place for to purchase Egyptian reading materials and souvenirs is the museum’s quaint shop located on the main floor.
The outside grounds of the museum are just as impressive as the artifacts held inside. Winding trails take you around the entire compound to see the hieroglyphics and painting on the buildings and their massive pillars. There are papyrus plants as well as exotic looking trees and an interesting fountain. The obelisk is breathtaking, and it would be hard to find authentic one still standing in even in Egypt so take some time to admire this work of art at the corner of the property.
Getting to the museum is relatively easy and is located at 1660 Park Ave, which is on the corner of Naglee and Park Ave. Usually there is plenty of free residential parking along the street if the parking lot is full. Though the museum is not in direct line of the light rail, you can take the 22 bus line from downtown, get off on Alameda and Taylor, Taylor becomes Naglee and the museum is a ten minute walk down Naglee from the bus stop.
Be sure to visit this hidden treasure next time you are in the area with a few hours to spare, as one of the largest Egyptian museums in the country, you won’t be disappointed!
For more information about the Rosicrucian Egyptian museum, preview the showcases or learn more about their upcoming events, please visit www.egyptianmuseum.org.
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