Spanish Colonial Room

Newly Refurbished! Now Open!
Explore the Mission’s Founding Period Art from the Archives

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

Mission San Juan Capistrano is excited to announce the unveiling of its newly refurbished Spanish Colonial Room, featuring original artwork from the 18th and 19th centuries as a way to explore the Mission’s founding period from 1776 to 1821.

The newly refurbished room addresses the history of Spain’s colonization of California, the purpose of the missions in forming Spanish communities, and the changes and challenges the indigenous people faced in the wake of colonization.  The Spanish Colonial Room also features the history of unique architectural elements, like an original 1790s Wine Vat, which was used to produce wine for communion.

The following recently conserved artworks are in the Mission’s Spanish Colonial Room:

  • “Jesus Wearing a Crown of Thorns” circa 1700s
  • “Our Lady of Sorrows” circa 1800s
  • “The Pieta” circa 1800s
  • “Saint Anthony Holding the Infant Jesus” circa 1700s
  • “Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus” circa 1800s
  • “Mary Magdalene” circa 1800s

Photo courtesy Bliss Photography