Daily Activities at Mission San Juan Capistrano

BellRingingIn Tribute Bell Ringing for Saint Junipero Serra

9:00 a.m.
Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission

Honoring the legacy of Saint Junipero Serra who founded Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776 the bells will ring daily at 9:00 a.m.

Hands-onActivities-MissionClubhouse002Mission Clubhouse

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission
Location: West Wing

A place for inspired learning featuring hands-on activities such as life size basket weaving, spin the wheel of Mission jobs, build a roman arch and word play!

MissionStore001Mission Store Open Daily

Net proceeds from purchases at the Mission Store help protect the religious and historic significance of Mission San Juan Capistrano, and further educational programs, exhibits and preservation efforts. The Mission Store promotes local, national and international artisans. All “active” members receive a 10% discount on most merchandise. Thank you for supporting California’s historic landmark #200 and museum by visiting the new store.

The store is operated by Mission staff and open daily during the following hours:
Fall/Winter hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Spring/Summer hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Active Mission Preservation Society Members must present their active card.

The public may enter the Mission Store from Ortega Highway to shop or Mission guests can shop as they exit the Mission.

resource backpackBackpack Program

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission

Learn more about the 21 California Missions with our backpack program! Each Mission has its own backpack, filled with educational, hands-on learning materials. Students are able to check out backpacks for on-site learning.

MissionTreasures003Mission Treasures: Historical Collection Revealed

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission

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 history, dating back as early as the 1700s.

Saint SerraLegacy of Saint Serra Exhibit

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission

Saint Junipero Serra (1713 – 1784) was founder of the first nine of the 21 California missions including Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776.  A man of uncompromised optimism and zeal, Saint Serra played a significant role in establishing the mission system and laying a foundation for what would become the state of California.

The exhibit explores Serra’s early life as a scholar, his journey to the Americas, his missionary training in establishing nine of the 21 California missions, his legacy and his significant role at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Items on display in the exhibit include a statue of Father Serra by Juan de Avalos (1986), 18th century Spanish painting of Our Lady of Refuge, the Patroness of both Californias, the Mission’s original baptismal shell used by Serra, a reproduction of the cross Serra wore and was buried with, and more.

Spanish Colonial Room

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost Details: This event is free with paid admission to the Mission

The newly refurbished Spanish Colonial Room features recently conserved liturgical artwork from the 18th and 19th centuries as a way to explore the Mission’s founding period (1776-1821). The artwork addresses the history of Spain’s colonization of California, the purpose of the missions in forming Spanish communities, and the changes and challenges the indigenous people faced in the wake of colonization.  The Spanish Colonial Room also features the history of unique architectural elements, like a 1790s Wine Vat, which was part of the original West Wing Building or the Mission’s industrial building.

 

KoiKoi Fish Feeding

12:45 PM
Cost Details: $1.00 per person, free to Preservation Society Members
Phone: 949-234-1300

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.