Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium: Popular Places to Visit in San Jose, CA for Sightseeing Travel

With many attractions like The Tech Museum and The Winchester Mystery House to visit around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, some visitors need to keep a written list of fun things to do on return vacation trips.

One lesser known, yet impressive museum, is this Egyptian attraction located in San Jose, CA, forty-five minutes south of San Francisco, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.

The definition of Rosicrucian from the online Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “adherent of a 17th and 18th century movement professing esoteric (special, rare, or unusual interest) and occult (to shut off from view or exposure) wisdom with emphasis on mysticism and spiritual enlightenment.”

This is an extraordinary museum and one does not have to be an Egyptian enthusiast to appreciate it.

The ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife. Because of this belief, they preserved people’s possessions and bodies after death, for use in the afterlife. A favorite lesson at the Rosicrucian Museum is learning about mummies. There are four real human mummies on display.

About the Rosicrucian Museum Park, San Jose, CA

The Museum is a part of the Grand Lodge of Rosicrucian Order and is found in a complex of buildings, the Rosicrucian Park, where visitors will also find the Planetarium, Peace Garden, Grand Temple, and Research Library.

Plan on spending most of the day at this amazing attraction. Walk through the ancient burial chamber, and then see the artifacts of this ancient culture on display, including necklaces, perfumes, incense, and vases like those used today, and games like the “Senet Board”.

Visitors walk on a sidewalk lined with figures of kneeling rams and enter the Museum through the huge bronze doors. The Museum is sand-colored and resembles the great temple of Medinet Habu in upper Egypt. Be sure to follow the sidewalks through the gardens and play Senet.

The Planetarium, located on the north side of the Museum, is a replica of a Moorish castle in North Africa. Planetarium shows are presented daily and are included in the price of the museum admission. Visitors see: Two Small Pieces of Glass which tells the story of the history of the telescope and Dr. David Ulansey’s theory of Mithhraic iconography as an astronomical code.

History, Hours, and Admission, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA

H. Spencer Lewis, founder of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, grew this exclusive collection in the early 1900s from one artifact, a Sekhmet (lion goddess) statue, to over 2,000 artifacts, overwhelming the collection’s original home. It was his son, Ralph, after researching many temples and tombs of Egypt, who built this new home on 1664 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA.

The Museum is open daily, with shorter hours on weekends, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The $9 admission for adults (ask about other prices when calling) is affordable and a good value considering there are more than 4,000 treasures to discover inside. Telephone: (408) 947-3636.

Latest News, Rosicrucian Museum, San Jose, CA

The recent four or five years of Silicon Valley technological developments have brought new methods for preserving and studying the artifacts at the Rosicrucian Museum.

Over one hundred Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum tablets have been scanned by two UCLA staff members to preserve the writings as part of the Cuniform Digital Library Initiative.

And, through the shared efforts of Stanford University, NASA/Stanford Biocomputational Center, Silicon Graphics Inc, and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, a team of researchers and computer engineers led by W. Paul Brown were able to make detailed high-resolution 2D scans to sort out a 2,000 year old mummy without disturbing the wrappings.

This mummy is the remains of a young girl of four or five years who belonged to an affluent family. There were no signs of disease and researchers believe that the young child died unexpectedly. The Museum nicknamed this mummy Sherit, meaning the “little one” in Egyptian.

Another research finding is that the coffins of Lady Ta’awa and Priest Usermontu received by the Museum at different times and from different parts of the world are now believed to be related.

Rosicrucian Museum holds the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the western part of the United States. Visitors may learn about ancient Egyptian history, while vacationing in the San Francisco area. The museum is conveniently located in San Jose, CA, south of San Francisco.

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