|The Rosicrucian has the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in western North America|
|The museum is hidden in a quiet part of town|
|It has spacious rooms and plenty of educational signs|
- Burial Practices, Afterlife and Mummies
- Gods and Religion
- Kings and Pharaohs
- Daily Life, Trade and Neighbors
Here's a tiny example of some of the artifacts you can see at the Rosicrucian.
|Statue of the Goddess Sekhmet|
|Royal rings - these are the real thing!|
|Egyptian writing on papyrus - amazing!|
And of course there's the mummies. This is how you bribe your kids to go to this museum - promise them they will see mummies!
|A mummy Ox and cat (Egyptians loved their cats)|
|The wrappings on this mummy have been peeled back to reveal the actual remains.|
Their website has a great page that explains the process of mummification. Check out "The making of a mummy: A real one!"
I love this museum! My daughter loved visiting the museum! My son loved visiting the museum! All the kids on the field trip seemed to enjoy their visit. I can't recommend it enough (though I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under the age of seven, unless you want to rush through your tour).
You can sign up for workshops on the weekend (free with admission); you can download an audio tour from their fantastic website; you can become a junior archaeologist; and you can even walk through a composite replica of an ancient tomb. Have I said enough?
1660 Park Avenue
San Jose CA 95191
Admission: $9.00 general admission*
$7.00 seniors 55 and older and students with I.D.
$5.00 children ages 5 - 10
free children under 5
* $1.00 discount on general admission for members of AAA, AAM, KQED, and Military
Photography: the museum allows non-flash photography but they don't allow video, tripod or flash photography.