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Mission San Juan Capistrano is the perfect destination for family fun all season long! Participate in crafts and activities, enjoy Native American Basket Weaving Demonstrations during special events, enhance your visit with a VIP Guided tour or our multi-language audio tour available in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. Bring the whole family as visitors of all ages will enjoy California Landmark #200. Download the FREE scavenger hunt for the day of your visit to see how many treasures you can find all while learning about California history while you explore the Mission grounds. For those unable to visit the Mission in person, you can now enjoy the Landmark from the comfort of your own home. Explore the Mission’s beautiful grounds with our free 360° Architectural and Historical Views video series.


Fun Things to Do at the Mission

1) Take the student audio tour *Debuting in August 2023

2) Visit the Mission Clubhouse

3) Try the Commemorative Penny Press

4) See where the Padres and soldiers lived

5) Learn how the Acjachemen make baskets

6) Download the FREE scavenger hunt to see how many treasures you can find all while learning about California history while you explore the Mission grounds.

7) “Follow the Swallow” around the Mission with our new sticker tour

8) Explore the beautiful gardens and feed the koi fish in the fountains

9) Visit the Mission Treasures Exhibit

10) Visit the Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit


Onsite Experiences

VIP Guided Tour

Book a VIP guided group tour and explore the Mission grounds. Explore the wine vat, visit the private Sacristy of the Ruins, and touch the historic Mission bells! This is the up close experience our visitors truly appreciate.

On this tour, guests are led by a guide, with a special transmitter to ensure safe touring. This exclusive tour includes gifts for each guest in the group (adults receive a pin and children receive a bracelet). Our hands-on brick making program, Mission Matters, is also available as an add-on (as available). Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen for your tour.

These tours are available in advance by reservation or onsite at the Gate House.

Offered: Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Size: Maximum group size 25 *Not private
Cost: $35 (per adult); $30 per child

*All tour and education program availability is subject to change


At Home Offerings

Live Guided Virtual Field Trip

Explore the Mission’s beautiful grounds and historic past with an expert Mission guide. From the cultural traditions of the local Acjachemen people, to the picturesque gardens, and one-of-a-kind Serra Chapel, there is something for everyone. This interactive virtual experience is perfect for adults and children of all ages to enjoy together. Booking reservations are good During this interactive virtual tour experience a Mission guide will lead your class on an exclusive tour of the Mission, exploring history and highlighting special historic artifacts and one-of-a-kind Mission locations such as the Serra Chapel and the Ruins of the Great Stone Church. This program is a private experience for the class/school that has booked and will not be open to other classes/schools to join. This program is designed to be taught as a Zoom Meeting experience (where students can see and hear each other) for groups of up to 70 students at a time. Program aligns with CA HSS (3.2.1 ,3.2.2 ,3.2.4,
 3.3.1, 3.3.2; 4.2.1, 4.2.3, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.6).

Offered: Monday and Friday
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Platform: Zoom
Capacity: Maximum of 2 classes of up to 35 students each per session
Cost: $175 as part of the entire Virtual Field Trip Package


Explorer Passport Print at Home Activity

A children’s educational tour booklet, which features a walking map, interesting historical facts, and games that teach about Mission history. This learning tool is included for free and features a guide that students can work from during their visit.

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Museum Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 9AM - 5PM

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Closed for Annual Gala on September 13, 2024.
Closed early Christmas Eve and Good Friday.
Hours subject to change

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