Mission

MUSEUM PRESERVATION PROJECTS

Station of the Cross XII

Station of the Cross XII

This 213 year old painting of the Crucifixion is believed to have been brought to the Mission from Mexico in the early 1800's. It was displayed in the Serra Chapel and the Sala for almost 200 years when in 1973 Father Vincent Lloyd Russell commissioned a second, modern, copy painted by William Maldonado to be hung directly over this painting in an attempt to protect it from further damage.
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Painting Collection Conservation

Painting Collection Conservation

Mission San Juan Capistrano holds a large group of paintings in the permanent collection. Ranging in date from the 18th to the 20th centuries the paintings help to tell the story of the history and culture here. Due to poor storage practices earlier in the Mission's history, many of the paintings are in need of conservation. Conservation, however, is an expensive process. As funds become available, often through private donations for specific works of art, Mission staff has the paintings cleaned and conserved, one by one.
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Serra Chapel Conservation Project

Serra Chapel Interior

In 2005, the Foundation implemented a $1.8 million campaign to raise much-needed funds to preserve the Chapel’s significant features.
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South Wing Display Foundation

Central Courtyard

Many a visitor can be found peering within a wood and glass display case located at the southwest corner of the Central Courtyard. But, just what is it that people are looking at?
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West Wing Museum

Central Courtyard

To ensure the security of artifacts currently on display, and in order to qualify for future high quality traveling exhibits, it was determined that the West Wing Museum needed vital upgrades to security, environmental controls, and fire and life safety systems.
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Sitting on History

Central Courtyard

The benches built into the north side of the South Wing building provide a shaded rest area with a view of the central courtyard gardens and offer tranquillity from the world outside the Mission’s walls. While the exact date of their construction is unknown, they do pre-date the 1900s and many a visitor, parishioner, resident, and historian has been able to enjoy the same vistas.
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Light, Temperature and Humidity

Central Courtyard

Mission San Juan Capistrano has steadily implemented museum standards within its interpretation spaces to improve the conditions under which artifacts are displayed.
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Storage of Historic Native American Baskets

Central Courtyard

In December of 2005, the California Missions Foundation (CMF) awarded Mission San Juan Capistrano $9,000 to improve the storage of its collections. At the same time, the Mission received a similar grant in the amount of $5,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). These two grants enabled the Mission to buy two museum storage cabinets, preservation tools and supplies, archival housing materials, and environmental monitoring equipment.
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By mail, download donation form and mail with your gift:

Mission San Juan Capistrano Preservation Funds
26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

For questions, please call Barb Beier at (949) 234-1323 or email bbeier@missionsjc.com
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