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San Jose Cultural Tour (Self Guided), San Jose

San Jose offers numerous art galleries, museums and theaters with unique exhibits and performances. You will be amazed at how much San Jose has to offer in this respect. Many of its venues boast beauty and function in their architecture. Take the following tour to discover San Jose’s rich cultural scene.
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San Jose Cultural Tour Map

Guide Name: San Jose Cultural Tour
Guide Location: USA » San Jose (See other walking tours in San Jose)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Author: AlexanderA
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • City Lights Theater Company
  • Ballet San Jose
  • Theater on San Pedro Square
  • HP Pavilion at San Jose
  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
City Lights Theater Company

1) City Lights Theater Company

City Lights Theater Company features around six original productions each year. Besides their own performances, it offers shows from smaller theater companies. Its Youth and Education Program allows emerging actors and directors to improve their skills alongside professionals. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, with performances usually taking place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and on Sundays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Ballet San Jose

2) Ballet San Jose

Ballet San Jose, established in 1986, was created in cooperation with the Cleveland Ballet. In 2000 the Cleveland Ballet was disbanded and the name was changed to Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley. In 2006 it got its present name. Since 2007 it has consisted of 44 dancers and a repertoire of over 120 ballets. Its box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Theater on San Pedro Square

3) Theater on San Pedro Square

The Theater on San Pedro Square is managed by the Tabard Theater Company, which was founded in 2001. Some of its profits are donated to causes related to its performances. This theater hosts three Tabard productions each year and several others, good for all ages. Besides theatrical performances, live jazz and other performing arts events can be seen here as well.
HP Pavilion at San Jose

4) HP Pavilion at San Jose (must see)

The HP Pavilion at San Jose, also known as the Shark Tank because it hosts games by the hockey team the San Jose Sharks, was established in 1993 as the San Jose Arena. In 2001 it was renamed Compaq Center at San Jose, and in 2002 after HP purchased Compaq it was given its present name. It holds about 190 events a year, including hockey and basketball games, tennis matches, figure skating, Disney shows, circuses and concerts.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

5) Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum (must see)

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum (REM), founded by the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, is a museum about Ancient Egypt located at AMORC's Rosicrucian Park in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose. The Rosicrucian Order continues to support and expand the museum and its educational and scientific activities.

In 1921 Dr. Harvey Spencer Lewis contributed financially to the archaeological excavations at Tel el Amarna of the Egypt Explorations Society of Boston by receiving donations from AMORC members. In return, the Egypt Explorations Society donated several Egyptian antiquities to AMORC. In 1928 he presented to the public a collection named "The Rosicrucian Egyptian Oriental Museum", located at the administration buildings of AMORC at San Jose, California.

After Lewis' tour in Egypt in 1929, AMORC received many more artifacts and donations and as a result the collection grew significantly, with more than 2000 exhibits.

The second Imperator of AMORC, Ralph Maxwell Lewis (F.R.C.), son of H. Spencer Lewis, decided to build new buildings for the museum. The new museum buildings opened in November 1966. By that time the museum managed to become unique by having the largest exhibition of Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the Western US, having a purpose-built planetarium adjacent to the museum, having its buildings set in an Egyptian revival park. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum contains a composite replica of an ancient Egyptian Rock cut tomb, based on photos and sketches taken by Rosicrucian expeditions to tombs at Beni Hasan, in order to give the guests the experience of being in such an excavation.

Operation hours: Wednesday- Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

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Walking Tours in San Jose, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Jose

Create Your Own Walk in San Jose

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Jose is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Japantown Specialty Shopping Tour, San Jose

Japantown Specialty Shopping Tour, San Jose

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles
Museums and Art Galleries in San Jose

Museums and Art Galleries in San Jose

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
San Jose Daily Life Tour

San Jose Daily Life Tour

Discover the everyday lives of San Jose residents. You will become acquainted with various aspects of city life, including where locals work, study, eat, relax and attend special events. Get a taste of San Jose’s daily life in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
San Jose Downtown Introduction Walk

San Jose Downtown Introduction Walk

California's San Jose is where vintage and ultra-modern come to live in a perfect harmony. The city's architecture partially reflects Spanish Colonial heritage and the influence of the nearby Silicon Valley, a major technological hub in Bay Area. The key landmarks making up downtown San Jose include the San Jose Museum of Art, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, Circle of Palms Plaza, San...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles