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Homeschool adventure at the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose CA

My son and I took our first field trip on September 8, to the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose. As we do not go there very often, I decided to make a full day of it. Our first stop in San Jose was Japantown. My husband and I used to frequent this area when we were attending San Jose State. Before taking my son to Gombei, my mother in law's favorite restaurant, we strolled around the block. We found a gift shop with a wonderful assortment of Japanese items, like tea sets, decorations, books, and even toys.  I had forgotten how impressive the museum is! Instead of explaining, I'll let you see for yourself. The photo below is the front door. Just imagine what the inside must look like!

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The rest of the following photos are inside. The photos do not do justice to the beautiful layout of the museum. 

Artifacts of Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt. Taken at Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose, CA. Photo by Claire Toney
Mummy. Photo taken by Claire Toney at the Rosicrucian Museum

What's an Egyptian Museum without mummies? 

My son's favorite exhibit was the Rosetta Stone. All he needed was a simpler decoder and he probably would have been able to decipher it (LOL).

Detail of Rosetta Stone. Photo taken by Claire Toney at the Rosicrucian Museum

The photo below was taken in MY favorite exhibit. Not because of the content, necessarily, but because it was put together BEAUTIFULLY. What a great area for a still life art lesson! The boards describe the seven steps of Alchemy, as believed by the ancients. While I don't subscribe to this belief, it made interesting reading. 

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I LOVED seeing all of the ancient artifacts, all of which were catalogued what time period they belonged to. Alex enjoyed the colors and pictures on the ones below. 

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The bottom level boasted a realistic tomb, complete with heiroglyphics (and beautiful light!) but without the ancient dust. Aren't the colors GORGEOUS??

Inside a pharaoh's tomb at the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose. Photo by Claire Toney

Finally, we saw a scaled down version of Djoser's Step Pyramid. Alex loves the architecture of Ancient Egypt and he enjoyed seeing a model of the precursor to the Great Pyramids of Giza. We also saw artifacts from the Amarna Period

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I hope you enjoyed following along on our Egyptian museum adventure! 

Claire Toney is a professional photographer located in Sacramento CA. When she is not taking beautiful photographs of people, she is homeschooling her son, playing with her dogs, or giving her daughter fashion advice.