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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Open Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Closed at noon Good Friday and Christmas Eve.
The historic Mission reserves the right to close due to weather conditions.
On rainy days, please call (949) 234-1300 to check hours of operation.
Mission San Juan Capistrano Signature Events

St. Josephs Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
This annual celebration includes: ringing of the historic bells, live mariachi music, flamenco performances, community presentations, Mission Basilica School performances, San Juan Elementary performances, history of St. Josephs Day and Swallows Legend, local food vendors and special Guest Lecture On Cliff Swallows by Dr. Charles Brown.

Bells will ring upon opening. Our story begins in 1775, when Mission San Juan Capistrano was first founded by Father Lasuen, on October 19th. Weeks later, the founding party left San Juan Capistrano to help their colleagues in San Diego after receiving word of a revolt occuring there. Once things had settled in San Diego, Father Junipero Serra, a Franciscan priest over 50 years old when he traveled from New Spain (now Mexico) to Alta California, personally led a party to re-found Mission

Phone: (949) 234-1315
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Special Cliff Swallows Presentation by Dr. Charles Brown
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Special cliff swallows presentation by Dr. Charles R. Brown, professor of Biological Sciences at University of Tulsa who has studied swallows since age 11. Dr. Brown is considered the preeminent expert on swallows and their migration patterns. This is his fourth annual visit to Mission San Juan Capistrano, home to the swallows.

Space is limited. Advance RSVP is required. Suggested donation is $5.00.

Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission
Location: Soldiers Barracks Gallery
Phone: (949) 234-1321
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St. Joseph's Day and Return of the Swallows Bell Ringing
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
See event schedule for details.
To celebrate St. Joseph's Day and Return of the Swallows the Mission will ring its historic bells.

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Today's Highlights

Curiosity Carts
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Every Tuesday & Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Each educational cart offers close-up learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close. Items include branding irons, spurs, horseshoes, hides, candles, pottery shards and objects used by the Juaneno Indians.

Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission
Location: Carts are located in the Central Courtyard on the north side of the fountain.
Daily Activities

South Wing Interpretative Exhibit
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The new exhibit highlights the lives of the padres who lived in the South Wing of the Mission during the 18th century.

Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission

Voices of the Mission Audio Tours
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Daily
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily
Award-winning Adult Audio Tours included with paid Adult and Senior admission in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Vietnamese

Cost Details: Audio Tours are free with paid adult & senior admission to the Mission
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Child Audio Tour: Saved By The Mission Bell
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A Child’s Journey Through California’s History. Available in English and Spanish. This humorous and imaginative audio tour is designed to engage 4th graders, but appropriate for children of all ages.

Cost Details: Free with cost of admission
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Plein-Air Paintings from the Collection of Mrs. Joan Irvine Smith
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Daily
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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 Irvine Museum

Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission
Location: Soldiers Barracks Gallery
Phone: (949) 234-1315
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Guided Tour
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Monday - Sunday
M-F: 11:15 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Tour durations are 45 minutes and do not require advanced reservations.

Cost: $2 - $3
Cost Details: $2 for Members; $3 Adult/$2 Child for Non Members, in addition to museum admission
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Koi Fish Feeding
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
12:45 PM
Help us feed our koi fish friends! Visitors may meet us at one of two courtyard fountains to participate in and enjoy this daily activity. Fish food provided.

Cost Details: $1.00 per person, free to Preservation Society Members
Phone: 949-234-1300
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Mission Treasures: Historical Collection Revealed
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Featuring historic artifacts, precious and rare paintings, religious artifacts, documents and more related to the history of the Mission.

Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission
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Swallows Walk & Talk Tour
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Daily at 1:00 p.m.
Learn the facts about cliff swallows, view the swallows vocalization experiment and hear the legend of the Swallows of Capistrano.

Cost: $2 - $3
Cost Details: $2 for Members; $3 Adult/$2 Child for Non Members, in addition to museum admission

In Tribute Bell Ringing for Friar Junipero Serra
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
9:00 a.m.
Honoring the legacy of Friar Junipero Serra who founded Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776 the bells will ring daily at 9:00 a.m.

Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission
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