Mission San Juan Capistrano

Known as the “Jewel of the Missions,” Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum that boasts of quality permanent exhibits featuring original artifacts as well as traveling and temporary exhibits on a wide variety of topics.

Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum is the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago as the 7th of 21 missions statewide, and one with a chapel still standing where Fr. Serra once celebrated Mass.

Today it is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Native Americans, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion.


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Mission Treasures: Historical Collection Revealed

Permanent exhibition

Featuring historic artifacts from the Mission's past that have not been seen in decades, if ever. Including precious and rare paintings, religious artifacts, and documents related to the Mission's...

South Wing of the Mission

Permanent exhibition

Mission San Juan Capistrano unveiled their new permanent museum exhibit in the South Wing Building on September 4, 2009. The new exhibit highlights the lives of the padres who lived in the South Wing...

Plein Air Art Reproductions

Permanent exhibition

Mission San Juan Capistrano is proud to partner with longtime Mission supporter Mrs. Joan Irvine Smith to display reproductions of historic plein-air paintings from her private collection at the...


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