New Alchemy and Alchemists Exhibit
@ Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San José
Attention Young Wizards & Witches
Low Cost Family Entertainment for the Holidays
(when the children are out of school…)
Rosicrucian Museum, 1660 Park Ave, San José, CA
By Cecilia Fábos-Becker
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum of San Jose, at 1660 Park Avenue has a new exhibit which should be of interest to all fans of the Harry Potter books and films. There is a now a permanent exhibit on Medieval Alchemy and Alchemists. Remember all the references in the Harry Potter books and films, to the old alchemists, and the things they were looking for, or trying to create? Many of these very real persons were Scottish, Welsh and English. Well, here is where you can now see what they were doing, up close and personal, instead of at a distance on a screen. This is low cost educational entertainment, especially if it’s a rainy day. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students (please have appropriate ID), and $5 for children between 5 and 9 years of age. There is also a gift shop for spending some of that Christmas gift money burning holes in pockets, and a Planetarium, also with seasonal programs.
This Alchemy Exhibit is intended to be permanent and expanded in a new wing or building as soon as the museum organization can finish raising funds for building. It is the first museum of its kind in the entire U.S. and the largest in the world. For a peek at the exhibit and more about their plans for the future here is a great link. https://egyptianmuseum.org/alchemy-exhibit
For those of you following the most popular series on the History Channel, ‘the Curse of Oak Island,’ you may find the picture on the lower part of the homepage for the Museum, of one of the artifacts in this museum, familiar and very interesting. It’s the same image as the lead cross found last year on Oak Island, and the same as the carving by the doomed Templars in their French prison between 1307 and 1314. In the last episode of ‘Oak Island’ further metallurgical analysis was done in Germany at the world famous Mining Institute in Bonn and the cross was proved to be of Medieval origin with the lead mined in a small, long disused mining area in southern France.
Here is a link to the Museum, Planetarium, Gift Shop, etc. for more information. Enjoy! https://egyptianmuseum.org/plan-your-visit