Friday, December 9, 2011

Mummies Know the Way to San Jose

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is located in San Jose and contains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in the Western US. The museum is located in Rosicrucian Park, which includes a planetarium (closed), temple, research library and peace garden. The Rosicrucian Order is not a religious order, but a "non-sectarian body of men and women who study the elusive mysteries of life and the universe." 

The buildings are very exotic looking being designed in either an Egyptian or Moorish style. The design pf  Rosicrucian Museum was inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak. The Rosicrucian Park features lots of roses among other trees, plants and flowers. The parking lot for the museum is across the street; parking is free.

The museum features a well-rounded collection from tiny artifacts to actual mummies. There are also artifacts from other neighboring cultures of the ancient Egyptians. There are a number of large artifacts in the museum which are replicas of actual artifacts, including a replica Rosetta Stone. The museum even features a replica Egyptian tomb, which takes you from one side of the museum to the other.

The museum also features a small gift shop and is currently showing the art exhibit Vibrations by Maria Butina. You can also take pictures in the museum as long as you don't use a tripod or flash.