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“history seen in real life”

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Ranked #2 of 136 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: Architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, it houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America, including objects from pre dynastic times through Egypt's early Islamic era.
San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“history seen in real life”
Reviewed 13 February 2012

Reading about munnies in books is nothing compared to actually looking one right in front of you. It is set up as a very informative look into the past. Seeing the artifacts from hand carved tools and chipped or broken hand made bowls was very interesting seeing that long ago their way of life. Very enjoyable experience

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Bay Area, CA
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“Slowly improving...”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

The Rosicrucian is still transitioning from its old fashioned and sometimes incorrect methods of displaying and cataloging a fine old collection of Egyptian antiquities. As someone with an academic background in archaeology and the owner of business dealing in ancient art, I have watched with interest as this process with interest. On my most recent visit I found there had been further improvements, particularly in how objects are displayed and labelled. The collection has finally begun, over the past decade or so, to attract the kind of academic attention it deserves, also. Well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in ancient Egypt, though their collections also include everything from the Egyptian neolithic right through to the early Islamic era.

Visited November 2011
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7 attraction reviews
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“Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

Interestingly spooky, although I haven't been able to figure out the people or philosophy/religion behind this museum.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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1,806 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 644 helpful votes
“Great Egyptian Museum in Bay Area”
Reviewed 30 January 2012

I love this museum. Sure it's old and can not as fancy as other museums. But it's cool! The mummies are well preserved and easy to see behind the glass. A lot of old trinkets are on display. Most of the artifacts are from the later dynasties. There are some replicas on display, but marked as such. The tour of the tomb was interesting. The gardens outside are well kept. If your in the bay area, and want to see some ancient history=check this place out.

Visited October 2011
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Los Gatos
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“Excellent Egyptian Artifacts”
Reviewed 27 January 2012

I took my 6th grade classes here for many years. After retiring I've taken the grandkids and visited on my own. It is amazing what a great job this relatively small museum has down displaying their wonderful collection of artifacts. It is a must place to visit especially if you have kids in the 8-12 year old range. I never get tired of revisiting this museum.

Visited September 2011
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