GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The visitor favorite, the ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, was collected by Adolph Sutro, a one-time San Francisco mayor who also built Sutro Baths. The sarcophagi is the oldest collection of the displays, dating back 3,500 years. They were preserved in a climate controlled environment and were obtained by SF State with the help of a Classics professor in the ‘60s.
Museum Studies faculty member Lissette Jiménez, who is also an Egyptologist, helped decipher the hieroglyphics on the sarcophagus to better understand its history. The translations are displayed in the description with the sarcophagus.