The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum (REM), founded by the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, is a museum about Ancient Egypt located at AMORC's Rosicrucian Park in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose, California, United States. The Rosicrucian Order continues to support and expand the museum and its educational and scientific activities.
The founder of AMORC, Dr. Harvey Spencer Lewis (Ph.D., F.R.C.), was a collector of various artifacts with mystical symbolism, some of them from the East. In 1921 he contributed financially to the archaeological excavations at Amarna.
A notable activity took place in 1999 when the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum started the travelling exhibition "Women of the Nile" accompanied by many lectures. "Women of the Nile" travelled across the United States|United States of America and Canada, and continued until 2001. In 2000 -2002 a stone figure of Cleopatra VII from the collection was displayed in Rome, London and Chicago in similar exhibitions.
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum’s child mummy traveled to Stanford University in nearby Palo Alto on May 6, 2005 to be studied under CT scans and other high-resolution methods of remote sensing, in a collaboration between the museum, Silicon Graphics, and Stanford University Hospital and the NASA Biocomputational Lab. The results were released at the 75th Anniversary of the Museum on August 6, 2005, with detailed scans, and these were covered by a Time Magazine article on the subject. One of the scanning images won the 2006 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge 2006co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Science Magazine.
Visitors to the museum will notice Taweret at the entrance, the Ancient Egyptian hippopotamus-like goddess of pregnancy|pregnant women and childbirth. Since 2004, the Museum has been completely renovated, with the following Gallery themes:
- Afterlife and Rock Cut Tomb
- Daily Life and Other Cultures
- Kingship and Palace
- Temple (Sekhmet) and Akenaten's Amarna period
- Rotating Exhibits.
Rock Cut Tomb Replica
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum contains a composite replica of an ancient Egyptian tomb, based on photos and sketches taken by Rosicrucian expeditions to tombs at Beni Hasan, in order to give the guests the experience of being in such an excavation. Below are photographs of the interior of the replica tomb, largely containing scenes from The Book of the Dead. The dark interior of the tomb replica is evident.
- Official Web Site
- The Museum now offers the following online resources for those who cannot visit the museum in person:
- Museum Video Tour
- Museum Audio Tour
- Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibit
- Rare Books of the Rosicrucian Library Exhibit
- Museums in California
- Culture of San Jose, California
- Egyptian Revival architecture
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