Since 1989 I have conducted research at nearly all of the museums and
institutes in the Western World which contain ancient Egyptian artifacts,
and it is difficult to find an Egyptian collection which is more misleading
and deceptive than the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California.
Outside the museum there is a tall statue with a deceiving placard which
reads, “Thutmose III,” who was an 18th dynasty pharaoh from
which the Rosicrucian Order traces its origin. However, the Rosicrucians
do not indicate that this statue - with its European facial features -
is a misleading modern construction and has nothing to do with Thutmose
or the ancient Egyptians.
Inside of the museum, the displays are equally dishonest and deceptive.
While the museum claims to house “the largest collection of Egyptian
artifacts on exhibit in the western United States,” much of its
collection is made up of replicas and unauthentic reconstructions, with
images predictably resembling modern Europeans.
A most important point is that the artifacts that the museum does have
are from the Late Period in Egyptian history, a time when Greeks, Romans
and other nations had conquered Egypt and become rulers. This period was
thousands of years after indigenous black Egyptians inaugurated the great
Pyramid Age (2650 BCE).
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is carefully organized to give the general
public a totally false impression of the black African ancestors and their
society. A public museum has an obligation to accurately and honestly
reflect history. This is not one of the goals of the Rosicrucians. Beware!