If you are in San Jose and looking for something really unique to do, then look no further the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. This museum sits on a large property in downtown San Jose and it has rooms full of unusual artifacts plus a few acres of stuff to explore outside as well. Here is all the information.
- Cost: $9 (as of 2016)
- Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM, closed Monday and Tuesday
- Location: 1660 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95191
The museum is located on Park Ave, only a few blocks off the 805 Freeway. There is a small parking lot in the back of the museum on Chapman Street. After parking you can explore the exterior before heading inside.
The outside of the museum is almost better than the inside. The building facade and gardens have been meticulously created to harness the Egyptian style that is easily recognizable. I recommend just walking around and exploring before heading into the museum itself. Here are a few things you will see.
Statue with Sun
This circle rock labyrinth is fun to see, but I had thought it would be elevated and not simply on the ground.
The garden has a few tracks of plants, a small pond, and a small elevated stage. It is a peaceful spot in the area.
As you approach the museum itself, you will notice how awesome it is from the front as well, with large gold doors and pillars all around it.
The interior of this museum is just as impressive the exterior. It was easily one of the best museums I have seen in a while, with a bunch of unique and exciting exhibits broken into rooms. Here is what you will see.
The first gallery I went to was the afterlife gallery. This was my favorite as it had all sorts of mummy related artifacts. There was a full mummified fish, multiple mummified humans and lots of information about the process.
I was surprised to see that they had actual mummies here, as that is not something you often see.
They even had a mummy of a 4 year old girl, which is supposedly very rare since children did not often get mummified because of the cost.
In the back of this area there is a tomb. You can walk right into the tomb and explore it as it is a replica of the King Tut tomb.
The tomb was one of my favorite parts as it had multiple rooms to explore and I was impressed with how detailed it was.
The tomb dropped you out in the Daily Life Gallery which is on the other side of the museum.
Daily Life Gallery
This gallery had lots of information about what it was like to live in this time period.
There was a full replica of a birthing room with audio information on what made it the way it was.
There was also a lot of fiberglass replicas of the different artifacts that have been found around the globe.
The Mesopotamia Gallery has a replica of the Rosetta Stone with a bunch of information on it which I found fascinating as I didn’t know a lot about it.
Upstairs they had my favorite exhibit which was dedicated to how alchemy works.
There was a full alchemists table with lots of the tools they used for the trade.
Along the walls it talked about each step of the process in detail and showed what each step entailed.
Religion and Kinship
Leaving the alchemy area you will proceed into the religion and kinship area which talks a lot about the way they worshiped and why.
It includes a replica of the original pyramid as they believe it to have existed. It also included the Sekhmet and Akhenaten gallery.
This particular gallery was interesting as it showed what a typical offering would have consisted of and how it was placed at the feet of the gods. All really unique parts of history to learn.
After exploring some more I made my way out of the museum. This is a really fascinating spot to visit and easily worth the price of admission. Be sure to check it out if you are in San Jose and looking for a spot to explore.