Volume I, Number 3 August 1st, 2000
San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101
Admission: $6 for adults; $3 for children 6 to 17; children under 6, free ; $5 for seniors. Open year round; closed Christmas, New Year's Day, and Thanksgiving.
The Museum of Man is found in Balboa Park near the west entrance off of 6th Avenue, located in the historic California Building -look for the soaring Spanish bell tower.
Phone: 619 239 2001
Fax: 619 239 2749
The San Diego Museum of Man possesses a permanent collection of Egyptian antiquities called "Life and Death on the Nile", which is housed in a separate area of the museum which leads to a children's hall of discovery.
With the exception of a single borrowed mummy and case, the majority of the objects are small, acquired from private collections and by donor gifts. These are not particularly dazzling pieces, but collectively they provide a very pleasant way to spend thirty or forty minutes examining bits and pieces of ancient Egypt. A turquoise and lime-green tile from Amarna, a decorated shrine box, ushabtis, and a number of faience amulets are a few of the objects on display. Several small bronzes are in the last case before entering the Children's Discovery Center with its "Time Travel to Ancient Egypt" program where lucky young ones get to make their own scarabs, play with Egyptian-themed rubber stamps, wear a nemyss headdress, and put together a large three-dimensional pyramid puzzle. (It's an excellent idea to bring along a child so that you may also play with these things yourself without attracting too much attention!)
At the entrance, there are a few cases of exhibit-related items for sale. The adjacent gift shop offers several shelves of Egyptian books for both adults and children, including some harder-to-find scholarly titles. They also offer various inexpensive Egyptian gewgaws including jewelry, greeting cards, bookmarks, scarabs, and statuettes.
A Short Tour of San Diego Egyptomania:
San Diego went through a post-Tut "Egyptomania" period which resulted in the erection of several Egyptianized buildings in the 1920s and early 30s. A few of these are conveniently located near Balboa Park where the Museum resides. To see them, exit the park area by taking Park Avenue going north from Balboa Park. On the right (East) side of the 3800 block, look for the Nile Apartments building with its brightly painted Pharaonic heads combined with Alexandria-style arches.
Across the street is an Egyptian-themed bungalow court with winged solar disks, a wounded architectural victim of near-destruction by a sledgehammering landlord followed by an incomplete restoration. Originally, the stubby rounded columns framing the coutryard were also adorned with detailed images of the Egyptian gods and goddesses. Continue on to see the now-closed Park Theater near the corner of Park and University, built in the shape of a huge pylon gate, again with the winged solar disk adorning it. Finally, continue on Park to Adams Avenue, where the two-story building housing The Lancers bar has a mildly Egyptianized coved roof.
Budget and Independent Travel to Egypt - Part II By Jimmy Dunn
Historical Hotels in Egypt - Part II By Jimmy Dunn
Editor's Commentary By Jimmy Dunn
Ancient Beauty Secrets By Judith Illes
Book Reviews Various Editors
Kid's Corner By Margo Wayman
Cooking with Tour Egypt By Mary K Radnich
Hotel Reviews By Juergen Stryjak
Egyptian Exhibitions By deTraci Regula
Nightlife Various Editors
Restaurant Reviews Various Editors
Shopping Around By Juergen Stryjak
Egyptian View-Point By Adel Murad
Medical Advice in Egypt By Omar Ragab.