Located near Downtown San Jose, Rose Garden is a historic residential and cultural neighborhood. Several existing Victorian houses in the neighborhood date from the 1860s and 1870s, especially along Hester Street, Magnolia Street, and Hedding Street. Many mansions were built by wealthy residents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dunne mansion, located on the corner of Emory Street, built in the 1890s may be the oldest building on the street. The architecture and historic design of the residential area is definitely a must-see.
The neighborhood has preserved its residential housing and many of the original bungalows have been remodeled with newer architectural styles. The San Jose Municipal Rose Garder is the cornerstone of the neighborhood and it was deemed "America's Best Rose Garden". The garden features more than 3,500 rose shrubs, which makes it a beautiful place to wander around. If you like colorful surroundings and enjoy connecting with nature, this place is for you. Open every day from 8 am to sunset, the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden features a fountain surrounded by paths with picnic benches, walkways, and a stage. It is maintained by a group of volunteers that organize events and teach people about the variety of planting.
Rose Garden is home to the O'Connor Hospital, the Westfield Valley Fair, the Rose Garden public library, Herbert Hoover middle school, Santa Clara University, St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Rosewood Community Church, and a little farther to Mission Santa Clara, and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. This last one is one of the main attractions within the neighborhood because it is home to the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America. The general admission is about $9 and that includes all the exhibits and collections. There are also weekly workshops where you will get to learn more about this Egyptian Museum.
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