Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
August 29, 2021
Our visit to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum was informative and educational. The museum was founded by Harvey Spencer Lewis in 1928 with his own collection, which began with one small statue in 1921. Today the museum contains over four thousand artifacts, the largest display of items from the Egyptian period in western North America. The collection taken as a whole gives a wonderful view into Egyptian life. The guided tour of a reconstructed tomb from the period dispels the idea that Egyptians were fixated on death and the afterlife. Certainly this was true to some degree but the inscriptions on the tomb walls are a celebration of life. They tell the story of the deceased, what they did for a living, what they did in their leisure time, and their relationship to their god.
We spent about ninety minutes in the museum and then walked across the street to the Park Station Hashery for lunch. We sat at a large outside table, separated from other patrons. These days, even with vaccinations, it is always good to be cautious in public places. The Hashery was a busy local eatery serving hearty breakfasts, great sandwiches, and hand cut fries — the perfect place for a Sunday outing.
Yes indeed, we all enjoyed being out of the house and in the company of friends at a surprisingly interesting place.
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Photos by Scott Williams