In San Jose, California sits the Rosicrucian Museum, the museum is home to the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Western North America.
The Rosicrucian Museum offers visitors a tour of the museum, workshops, daily shows inside a planetarium, a large library and the Rosicrucian Peace Park.
Architecturally, the museum is inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak. “The massive temple complex of Karnak was the principal religious center of the god Amun-Re in Thebes during the New Kingdom (which lasted from 1550 until 1070 B.C.E.). The complex remains one of the largest religious complexes in the world,” according to Dr. Elizabeth Cummins from the Khan Academy.
Upon entering the grounds, two large blocks with hieroglyphics welcome guests into the park.
As they walk the pathway leading up to the buildings, a large obelisk confronts visitors as they move deeper inside.
A courtyard, garden, labyrinth and life-size game board are presented. They are designed to educate on the practices, culture and lifestyles of Ancient Egyptians.
The museum serves as educational center but also as a philosophical organization for those who hold membership as a Rosicrucian.