South Wing Padres Quarters

Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Wing

Mission San Juan Capistrano unveiled its permanent museum exhibit in the South Wing Building on September 4, 2009. The new exhibit highlights the lives of the padres who lived in the South Wing of the Mission during the 18th century. The exhibit showcases such items as abalone fish hooks, padres’ ledgers, music sheets, musical instruments, books, branding irons, coins, lassos, flags and images. The exhibit focuses on the founding and decline of the Mission, the period of secularization, the transfer of ownership of the Mission to and from the Catholic Church, and the pivotal role Abraham Lincoln played in returning the Mission to the Catholic Church during the last months of his life.

The exhibit will be meaningful to students and visitors of all ages. For those students writing their Mission Reports, the exhibit addresses fourth grade curriculum learning standards such as:

  • The purpose of the mission system
  • Mission agriculture
  • Orange County’s native people
  • The original land boundaries of the Mission territory
  • Mission architecture
  • Responsibilities and roles of the padres
  • Trade and commerce
  • Secularization and Statehood for California

Megan Dukett, Education and Interpretive Program Manager at the Mission said:

I also think teachers will find the exhibit useful in helping to teach the California State Curriculum Standards in a dynamic way. The images, artifacts, and story within the panels make the story come alive.

Executive Director, Mechelle Lawrence-Adams said:

These improvements are made possible through funds from our annual gala fundraising benefiting the museum as well as from private donations of generous supporters who recognize the important story we have to share. The Mission’s museum will continue to undergo much needed upgrades to present fuller learning opportunities and a bigger variety in the stories being presented with our guests.