Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America.
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Egypt Cradle of civilization - مصر مهد الحضارة
07/30/2020

Egypt Cradle of civilization - مصر مهد الحضارة

Relief from Abydos, temple of Seti I
The Cult Chapel of Ra-Horakhty
Northern wall
The King adores Ra-Horakhty, here in the form of an ram-headed man.

07/20/2020
Treasures of ancient Egypt
07/14/2020

Treasures of ancient Egypt

The columns hall of Karnak Temple in color

07/12/2020
Egypt Cradle of civilization - مصر مهد الحضارة
06/23/2020

Egypt Cradle of civilization - مصر مهد الحضارة

Statue of King Thutmosi III (ca. 1479–1425 BCE) enthroned.
Now in the Egyptian Museum of Torino

Treasures of ancient Egypt
06/10/2020
Treasures of ancient Egypt

Treasures of ancient Egypt

Sarcophagus of Isis.
19th dynasty. Tomb of Sennedjem.
📸Sandro Vannini

Egypt Cradle of civilization - مصر مهد الحضارة
06/09/2020

Egypt Cradle of civilization - مصر مهد الحضارة

Virtual Tour (360 photo) Tomb of Nefertari

QV66 is the tomb of Nefertari, the Great Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II, in Egypt's Valley of the Queens. It was discovered by Ernesto Schiaparelli (the director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin) in 1904. It is called the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt. Nefertari, which means "beautiful companion", was Ramesses II's favorite wife; he went out of his way to make this obvious, referring to her as "the one for whom the sun shines" in his writings, built the Temple of Hathor to idolize her as a deity, and commissioned portraiture wall paintings. In the Valley of the Queens, Nefertari's tomb once held the mummified body and representative symbolisms of her, like what most Egyptian tombs consisted of. Now, everything had been looted except for two thirds of the 5,200 square feet of wall paintings. For what still remains, these wall paintings characterized Nefertari's character. Her face was given a lot of attention to emphasize her beauty, especially the shape of her eyes, the blush of her cheeks, and her eyebrows. Some paintings were full of lines and color of red, blue, yellow, and green that portrayed exquisite directions to navigating through the afterlife to paradise.

Treasures of ancient Egypt
06/08/2020

Treasures of ancient Egypt

Detail of wall carving from the Tomb of Horemheb at Saqqara. New Kingdom, Late 18th Dynasty, ca. 1319-1292 BC.

05/10/2020
Treasures of ancient Egypt
05/01/2020

Treasures of ancient Egypt

Gold mask of 👑Tutankhamun, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt🇪🇬. 📸

Treasures of ancient Egypt
04/22/2020

Treasures of ancient Egypt

Karnak Temple by night. Luxor, Egypt. 🌃🇪🇬

Egypt Cradle of civilization - مصر مهد الحضارة
04/08/2020

Egypt Cradle of civilization - مصر مهد الحضارة

Finally!
Virtual Tour (360° photo) Tomb of Tutankhamen

KV62 is the standard Egyptological designation for the tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, now renowned for the wealth of valuable antiquities it contained. The tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, underneath the remains of workmen's huts built during the Ramesside Period; this explains why it was largely spared from desecration and from the tomb clearances at the end of the 20th Dynasty, although the tomb was robbed and resealed twice in the period after its completion.
The tomb was densely packed with items in great disarray, partly due to its small size, the two robberies, and the apparently hurried nature of its completion. Due to the state of the tomb, and to Carter's meticulous recording technique, the tomb took eight years to empty, the contents all being transported to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Tutankhamun's tomb had been entered at least twice, not long after he was buried and well before Carter's discovery. The outermost doors of the shrines enclosing the king's nested coffins were unsealed, though the inner two shrines (three and four) remained intact and sealed

Ancient Enthusiast-Æ
04/05/2020

Ancient Enthusiast-Æ

360° View of Outside Corridor
~ Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt

360° Image created by ©Pietro Madaschi
360 VISIO - www.360visio.com

Just a reminder of the extraordinary collection of resources we have available to homeschoolers (and everyone else!) inc...
04/02/2020
Resources for Educators

Just a reminder of the extraordinary collection of resources we have available to homeschoolers (and everyone else!) including 360 tours of our galleries, 3D images of our artifacts, and an interactive timeline of Ancient Egypt! #homeschool

Curriculum Resources including worksheets, fact sheets and lesson plans for teaching about Ancient Egypt

03/14/2020
This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSaturday 3/7/20Mummification Workshop 12:30 pmTomb Tour 1:30 pmTomb Tour ...
03/07/2020

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Saturday 3/7/20

Mummification Workshop 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Sunday 3/8/20

Perfume Workshop 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Rosicrucian Park
03/03/2020

Rosicrucian Park

Did you know that the Francis Bacon Auditorium (1342 Naglee Ave) is serving as Voting Center for Santa Clara County Residents?

Come cast your ballot and enjoy a visit to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum while you are here!

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSaturday 2/29/20Hieroglyphs 12:30 pmTomb Tour 1:30 pmTomb Tour 2:30 pmTom...
02/26/2020

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Saturday 2/29/20

Hieroglyphs 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Sunday 3/1/20

Jewelry Workshop 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum:Saturday 2/22/20Scavenger Hunt 12:30 pmTomb Tour 1:30 pmTomb Tour 2:30 p...
02/22/2020

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum:

Saturday 2/22/20

Scavenger Hunt 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Sunday 2/23/20

Rosetta Stone 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

"A senet board located in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum could show [the] evolution [of the game]. The board features a...
02/12/2020
Ancient Egyptian ‘board game of death’ identified by scientists

"A senet board located in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum could show [the] evolution [of the game]. The board features a hieroglyphic symbol on one square for water, which is believed by archaeologists to indicate a lake or river that Egyptians felt the soul encountered on its journey through the underworld.

“It may be one of the first times that this aspect of the journey through the afterlife is visually rendered on the board,” says Walter Crist, an archaeologist at Maastricht University who writes about the board in research published in The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.

Jelmer Eerkens, an archaeologist at the University of California, Davis, believes the Rosicrucian board is a rare find since it seems to chronicle a late-stage change in progress.

“This is unlike what we expect for other kinds of technologies,” Eerkens told Science Magazine.

The new discovery could capture the senet board’s evolution into being the original game of death."

An ancient Egyptian ‘board game of death’ was used to communicate with the dead about 3,500 years ago. The game, called senet, was played at all levels of Egyptian society from when it …

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSaturday 2/15/20Senet Workshop 12:30 pmTomb Tour 1:30 pmTomb Tour 2:30 pm...
02/11/2020

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Saturday 2/15/20

Senet Workshop 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Sunday 2/16/20

Artifact Handling 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

"The unusual design of the layout and the combination of secular and spiritual symbols suggest that the Rosicrucian boar...
02/11/2020
Enigmatic Evolution of Ancient Egypt’s ‘Game of Death’ Revealed

"The unusual design of the layout and the combination of secular and spiritual symbols suggest that the Rosicrucian board represents an important transition phase in the development of the game. It may represent the time when the game was being changed into something related to the afterlife. It appears that the board in the San Jose Museum signifies the period when it assumed “its role as the original game of death,” according to Sciencemag.

The research is not only important with regard to the evolution of senet. It can also help researchers to understand cultural change in ancient Egypt. More comparative research needs to be undertaken to definitively prove that the board is a crucial stage in the development of the game."

An ancient Egyptian board game that was similar to Ludo or backgammon is offering new insights into ancient religious beliefs. It was not only a game, but it was seen as a way for the dead to interact...

"Science Magazine reports that a senet game board in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California, has yielde...
02/11/2020
Ancient Board Tracks Evolution of Popular Egyptian Game - Archaeology Magazine

"Science Magazine reports that a senet game board in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California, has yielded new information about the ancient game's evolution.

Similar to backgammon, senet seems to have been played by two competitors, who each rolled dice to move their five pawns to the final square along a game board divided into three rows of 10 spaces. Although the game became popular among Egyptians some 5,000 years ago as a purely entertaining pastime, tomb art from about 700 years later shows deceased individuals playing senet against living relatives.

By the early New Kingdom, symbols on the game board had changed. Egyptian texts mention that the game had taken on religious significance, reflecting a soul's journey to the afterlife through Duat, the realm of the dead. Maastricht University archaeologist Walter Crist said the Rosicrucian board, which he has tentatively dated to the Eighteenth Dynasty (ca. 1550–1295 B.C.), appears to be an early example of the redesigned game. One of its squares, which in earlier versions of the game was marked with an X, features the hieroglyph for water, believed by scholars to represent a body of water the soul encountered on its way through Duat.

“It may be one of the first times that this aspect of the journey through the afterlife is visually rendered on the board,” said Crist. To read about a 4,300-year-old painted burial chamber uncovered in Egypt's Saqqara necropolis, go to "Old Kingdom Tomb," one of ARCHAEOLOGY's Top 10 Discoveries of 2019.."

MAASTRICHT, THE NETHERLANDS—Science Magazine reports that a senet game board in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California, has yielded new information about the ancient game's evolution. Similar to backgammon, senet seems to have been played by two competitors, who each rolled di...

"A senet board in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum might show the earliest stages in this redesign [of the senet board]. ...
02/06/2020
Is this the original board game of death?

"A senet board in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum might show the earliest stages in this redesign [of the senet board]. The board lacks the hieroglyphics symbolizing the soul, but square 27—which in earlier boards featured a simple X—now carries a hieroglyphic symbol for water. This is thought by archaeologists to indicate some sort of lake or river the Egyptians believed the soul encountered on its journey through Duat.

“It may be one of the first times that this aspect of the journey through the afterlife is visually rendered on the board,” says Walter Crist, an archaeologist at Maastricht University who describes the Rosicrucian board in a new paper in The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.

The age and archaeological context of the Rosicrucian board are unclear—the artifact may have been bought on the antiquities market in the 19th century. But it has an unusual reverse layout, with the “start” square in the bottom where the “finish” square usually is. Crist says this style is unique to Egypt’s Middle Kingdom period, between 4000 and 3700 years ago. Given this unusual layout, and the not fully religious but not fully secular symbols on squares 26 to 29, Crist believes the Rosicrucian board is about 3500 years old."

Ancient Egyptian senet board may signal shift from mere pastime to a more serious game

Egyptian senet boards follow a very consistent morphology that varies in small but notable ways throughout the 2000-year...
01/31/2020
Passing from the Middle to the New Kingdom: A Senet Board in the Rosicrucian Museum - Walter Crist,

Egyptian senet boards follow a very consistent morphology that varies in small but notable ways throughout the 2000-year history of the game. A previously unpublished board, in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California, may provide new insight into the evolution of the game in the early New Kingdom. A game table with markings distinctive of the Thutmoside Period, but oriented like Middle Kingdom and Seventeenth Dynasty boards, it is probably a transitional style. It likely dates to the Eighteenth Dynasty before the reign of Hatshepsut, a period to which no other games have previously been securely dated.

Egyptian senet boards follow a very consistent morphology that varies in small but notable ways throughout the 2000-year history of the game. A previously unpub...

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSaturday 2/1/20Mummification Talk 12:30 pmTomb Tour 1:30 pmTomb Tour 2:30...
01/27/2020

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Saturday 2/1/20

Mummification Talk 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Sunday 2/2/20

Jewelry Workshop 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSaturday 1/25/20Scavenger Hunt 12:30 pmTomb Tour 1:30 pmTomb Tour 2:30 pm...
01/25/2020

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Saturday 1/25/20

Scavenger Hunt 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Sunday 1/26/20

Rosetta Stone 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSaturday 1/18/20Senet Workshop 12:30 pmTomb Tour 1:30 pmTomb Tour 2:30 pm...
01/17/2020

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Saturday 1/18/20

Senet Workshop 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Sunday 1/19/20

Artifact Handling 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum!Saturday 1/11/20Cosmetics Workshop 12:30 pmTomb Tour 1:30 pmTomb Tour 2:...
01/06/2020

This Weekend at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum!

Saturday 1/11/20

Cosmetics Workshop 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Sunday 1/12/20

Perfume Workshop 12:30 pm
Tomb Tour 1:30 pm
Tomb Tour 2:30 pm
Tomb Tour 3:30 pm
Tomb Tour 4:30 pm

Address

1660 Park Ave
San Jose, CA
95191

Parking: We have free parking in our Parking lot, located on the corner of Naglee and Chapman (one block east of the Museum). Buses: Load and unload passengers in front of the Museum on Park Avenue. Bus parking is located one block east on Naglee Ave. (take a right on Naglee off Park Ave.) Public Transportation: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority website contains bus schedules and route maps. There are three bus routes to Rosicrucian Park: Route 36, Route 62, Route 81 CalTrain: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority website also contains train schedules.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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Architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America.

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