Exhibits, Art & Conservation

Mission San Juan Capistrano showcases historic and religious artifacts, 18th-20th century paintings, and an interpretive room dedicated to Native American art. In the South Wing Padres Quarters, the Mission features a permanent collection of artifacts belonging to the padres who lived there in the 18th century, highlighting the historical significance of the mission system and the role of the padres in establishing what became the state of California. This exhibit will reinforce many of the lessons outlined in the California fourth grade curriculum by providing visuals—paintings, artifacts, photographs, and other mediums—to illustrate this rich and dynamic history. The permanent collection also displays a group of landscape and portrait paintings, as well as a stunning series of religious artifacts such as chalices, vestments, and tabernacles. To learn more about the current exhibits at the Mission, visit the links below.


The Mission’s permanent museum collection includes paintings ranging in date from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The paintings narrate the history of California and its mission system. Due to poor storage practices earlier in the Mission’s history, however, many of the paintings are in need of conservation. As funds become available, often through private donations for specific works of art, paintings are conserved.