Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Home to the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America.
Founded in 1927 by the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is hands down the most authentic place in the state to learn all about Egyptian culture, traditions, and practices.
This museum is located within Rosicrucian Park, in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose, and holds several different buildings and exhibits that display Egyptian culture in various ways. The main museum building holds five different galleries which are as follows: Tomb, Afterlife, Daily Life, Religion, and Rulers. Each different gallery goes in depth on that particular aspect of Egyptian culture. All 4,000 artifacts you will see have come about through 'collection based research' and are here for the education of the greater public.
Outside in the park area, you will find the Rosicrucian Labyrinth, Alchemy Exhibit, Alchemy Garden, Planetarium, Peace Garden, Rosicrucian Temple, and Research Library. Needless to say, there is PLENTY to keep your students occupied here! There are even guided group tours and School Field Trip Expeditions to consider!
Any group may sign up for a weekly workshop as well. Some options include Cosmetics, Artifact Handling, Jewelry, Mummification, and Hieroglyphics, the last of which teaches you the basics of the language and allows you to write your own name in hieroglyphs. Be sure to also consider the Tomb Tour, which gives you a close up look at the underground rock-cut tomb styled after one you would have found in the Middle Kingdom (2066-1650 BCE) in a Beni Hasan Site.
Click the photo below for a museum walkthrough!