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28 June 2005 @ 06:16 pm
On Sunday, meowlzebub and I went to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose. I can now say with authority that it is simply more Egypt than I can absorb in a single day :-)

They have a really excellent collection of artifacts and information, including a full-sized reproduction Egyptian tomb that they give tours of several times a day.

They've also got a planetarium where they do various fun shows. The one we saw was on the Mithraic Mysteries, an old Roman mystery cult. There have been many theories about what all of the weird murals in the Mythraic temples meant, but there's finally a good one that seems to make basic sense by a fellow named Dr. David Ulansey. He could still be wrong, obviously, but his theory makes a noticeable amount of sense, which is apparently an improvement over previous attempts.

So yeah, definitely an educational weekend between the Egyptian Museum and MBARI. And thanks to dangerpudding for posting the information about the MBARI open house!
Ditameowlzebub on June 29th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Hey, you got his full name. I think I want to take a look at his book.
Noahangelbob on June 29th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Heh. Actually, if you recall, I thought it was "Dr David, um, Usie-something or Ushie-something" and *you* recalled that his last name was Ulansey. I just remembered how to *spell* it with your correction :-)

I tend to remember stuff better as text, but I couldn't remember if the S-sound or the L-sound came first 'til you reminded me.
Ditameowlzebub on June 29th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
I knew I remembered his last name, but I forgot that you remembered his first name. I'm not so good with remembering the details most of the time =( I'd have had to consult the oracle... Which I did to find his web site:


This dude is a well.com user. That's awesome. I used to use The Well.
The Enlightened Optimistbritgeekgrrl on June 29th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
I really dig the Rosucrucian, but I wish they could host a few more Middle and Old Kingdom pieces - the majority of the collection is New Kingdom and Ptolemaic. But still, very very groovy. :)
Noahangelbob on June 29th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
Yeah. They've got a few Old Kingdom and Middle Kingdom pieces - wood carvings of various sorts. But it *does* seem to have a strong bias toward newer works.
lauraxeyda on June 29th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
I love the Rosicrucian. I need to go back there someday.
satyrlovesong on June 29th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
I practically grew up in that museum, and my first confidant was the mummy in the glass case. I always felt sorry for him, being stuck out there on display with no place to go. I started by telling him where all his "friends" were, and later years would tell him how things had changed in the world since he had died. I told him all my childhood secrets, my crushes, my hopes, my fears. I told him the political changes in the Middle East.

I haven't been back in 25 years. I wonder if he would still remember me? *grin*
KJBcapnkjb on June 29th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
The Rosicrucian is a lot of fun, but I wouldn't take it too seriously. I remember listening in on a tour, and thinking "Wow, that chick is actually lying. What she is saying is true is not really true, and these people are believing her."

As for it having newer stuff, it is mostly because that stuff was easier to get at back when they were really collecting heavily. Their reproductions aren't too bad, though (and they have plenty).

I don't mean to be condescending to them or anything. They just sometimes have an interesting take on history, and don't really ever like to loan out items to other museums.