Past Exhibits

“In the Footsteps of Saint Serra” – Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Art Exhibition
The Mission Preservation Foundation welcomed the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association for an exclusive, limited time art exhibition in the Soldiers Barracks Gallery at Mission San Juan Capistrano. This exhibit, “In the Footsteps of Saint Serra: Paintings Along El Camino Real,” featured original plein air and studio artwork created specifically for the show by LPAPA’s most elite Signature artists. Artwork focused on California’s golden lands and historic missions in tribute to the founding father of the California mission system, Saint Junipero Serra, who was canonized by Pope Francis on September 23, 2015.
Closed Permanently on December 6, 2015


“Camposanto” – A Historical Tribute to the Mission Cemetery
Located in the historic Sala, the exhibit paid homage to the landmark Mission Cemetery, which is located east of the Serra Chapel. Historians believe the burials first began in 1781 and continued to about 1850. It is estimated that 3,400 were buried in the “Camposanto,” or “Holy Field.”
Closed permanently on  January 5, 2015


Lewis & Clark Exhibit: Expedition Across America
Located in the West Wing, this highly interactive exhibit featured an adjunct photography exhibit, visitor became members of the Corps of Discovery, and in doing so, tried on uniforms and costumes, made a fort, worked on an interactive journal, and spun the Wheel of Misery to find out if they survived their journey. Along the way, visitors learned about Shoshone Indian guide and interpreter, Sacagawea, and her infant son, studied sign language skills, played Native American games, explored animal and plant life and much more!

The exhibit also featured Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day, a special photography exhibit organized by Greg MacGregor and the California Exhibition Resources Alliance.  Starting from the official beginning of the expedition itself in Saint Charles, Missouri, contemporary photographer Greg MacGregor captured important natural landmarks and waterways in the explorers’ journey.
Closed permanently on March 31, 2011


Zorro Unmasked Exhibit
Located in the West Wing, the exhibit featured original costumes worn by actors Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones from the 2005 film “The Legend of Zorro”. In addition, generations of film goers enjoyed viewing original film props and related items from the films of such stars as Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power and Guy Williams. An array of related Zorro items from pop culture, film, T.V., magazines and books will also be on display for the public’s enjoyment.  Since the Zorro’s creation in 1919, nearly every American generation has had the chance to fall in love with the Spanish Fox.  Through books, film, and television this world famous character has come to symbolize  justice, hope, romance, courage, and timeless entertainment.
Closed permanently on September 6, 2010


Catch Gold Fever! Gold Rush Exhibit
Located in the West Wing, the exhibit previewed the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill on January 24, 1848, and the frenzied rush to California of gold seekers from around the world. Visitors learned how this restless tide of diverse humanity invaded California, each seeking to change their lives and fortunes. Feel their words and stories. See and touch what they used and did to explore and discover gold in California.

The “Gold Fever! The Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush” traveling exhibition tour was organized by the California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA) in concert with the California Council for the Humanities. CERA is a network of professionally operated museums and cultural organizations that collaborate to create and tour smaller, affordable, high quality exhibits that enhance civic engagement and human understanding.
Closed permanently on March 30, 2010


Suzi Chauvel and Siân Poeschl Art Exhibition
Located in the Soldiers Barracks Gallery, this exhibition featured visual depictions of ageless journeys, through photography on metal and kiln-formed glass
Closed permanently on January 5, 2010