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The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum San Jose

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The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
1342 Naglee Ave
San Jose
CA
95191
Tel: 408 947 3636

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The Egyptians were an incredible culture. They were responsible for some of the most incredible structures that the planet has ever seen. And now, at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, the whole family can explore what was so great about them, for yourselves!

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum was actually, architecturally, inspired by that amazing Temple of Arnon at Karnak. So straight away you will feel like you are already in that magical country!

The museum also houses THE largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on show in western USA - so that's a pretty impressive feat too! 

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum has SO many fascinating exhibits that cover all aspects of ancient Egyptian life. 

Children can learn all about the burial practices, and how the Egyptians believed in life after death, and the practice of mummification. Not for the younger kids, but the older kids might be fascinated in it!

Did you know the Egyptians also worshipped hundreds of Gods? Perhaps even thousands! These Gods were found all through the Egyptian paintings and carvings, especially in amazing places like the Valley of the Kings.

The museum also gives families an insight into the daily life of the ancient Egyptians. Most of them were farmers or craftsmen, and some of them were scribes. Then, there is the few who were Noblemen or royalty.

It's pretty amazing to see the games the children used to play, or mirrors and hair accessories that were used. Can you imagine what kind of stories are attached to all the artifacts!

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is an educational and fascinating experience for the whole family, giving you an insight into an ancient culture that had such an influence on the world! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$5 (Ages 5 to 10)
  • Free Under: 5 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Wed to Fri / 10am - 6pm weekends

All year round, closed Monday and Tuesday

Teachers corner

They have lesson plans, worksheets and fact sheets which you can combine in with your field tip if you like! It's an amazing experience for students. .

I'm Hungry!

Outside food and drink is not allowed in the museum, but there are plenty of places to enjoy food in San Jose! .

Any Top Tips?

Check out the Planetarium shows! There is a daily show on something amazingly space related! .

Need a little extra help?

The museum is FULLY accessible!.

Baby Facilities

Strollers are not allowed in the museum .

More information

Children under 17 years must be with a parent or chaperone at least 18 years of age.

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    My goto place every time I have a visitor from out of the area. The shock value of taking somebody to see a replica pharaoh's tomb where they'd least expect to find it - in Silicon Valley, of all places - simply cannot be beat.

    The free and ample parking nearby is quite convenient and the museum store sells memorable goodies.

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    Spent a lovely Sat with the Mummies & other Egyptian artifacts. Lovely grounds to walk around in after as well. Check out the garden for inspiration on what to grow

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    The museum has a great collection of artifacts from all eras of the Egyptian civilization.
    If real mummies are not mysterious enough, they have a walk-through replica of a tomb. I was amazed to by the details of the carvings and the beautiful wall paintings in its chambers.

    The museum has a planetarium with a daily show which was a complete let-down. It uses a low-resolution, rectangular projector which looks worse than a large-screen TV. The ticket for it is free for visitors of the museum. So, I can't complain much.

    Definitely a great place...Read More

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    Still a bit old fashioned, with outdated descriptions and displays but they are improving and becoming a more "professional" establishment.Worth a visit for anyone interested in Egyptology.

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    Irrelevant to you all - from decades ago. (No computers to leave reviews) My mom always took us kids there. It was free. Never tired of the mummies & shrunken heads. Hope they still have shrunken heads - fascinating. The tomb room - dark & mysterious w/the rocky floor. No guided tours - no guides - you got to wander around as long as you wanted. The Museum should know just how long it's been a glorious place to visit. Sounds like much has changed - the crowds & waiting to be let in? "The times they are a-changin"... (no planetarium then)...Read More

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by Vishwajith HK

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The museum has a great collection of artifacts from all eras of the Egyptian civilization.
If real mummies are not mysterious enough, they have a walk-through replica of a tomb. I was amazed to by the details of the carvings and the beautiful wall paintings in its chambers.

The museum has a planetarium with a daily show which was a complete let-down. It uses a low-resolution, rectangular projector which looks worse than a large-screen TV. The ticket for it is free for visitors of the museum. So, I can't complain much.

Definitely a great place to visit for someone interested in ancient history.

by kandy langford

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Irrelevant to you all - from decades ago. (No computers to leave reviews) My mom always took us kids there. It was free. Never tired of the mummies & shrunken heads. Hope they still have shrunken heads - fascinating. The tomb room - dark & mysterious w/the rocky floor. No guided tours - no guides - you got to wander around as long as you wanted. The Museum should know just how long it's been a glorious place to visit. Sounds like much has changed - the crowds & waiting to be let in? "The times they are a-changin"... (no planetarium then)

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