Make Mission San Juan Capistrano and gardens your next tour destination. See a snapshot of California’s history by touring our exhibits and museum rooms on a guided VIP tour. Or explore our 10-acre grounds of gardens, fountains and adobe preserved architecture while listening to the multi-language audio tour. For school groups, please view our onsite field trips.
VIP Guided Tour
Book a VIP guided tour and explore the Mission grounds. Go into the wine vat, visit the private Sacristy of the Ruins, or 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, including hand sanitizer and drinking water. Our hands-on brick making program, Mission Matters, is also available as an add-on! Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen for your tour.
These tours are available by reservation only.
Offered: Daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Size: Minimum group size 4; Maximum group size 25 *Not private
Cost: $25 (per adult); $20 per student
*All tour and education program availability is subject to change due to COVID-19 conditions.
Multi-language Audio Tour
Available in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian
Enhance your visit with our self-guided audio tour featuring music, history and storytelling about California history and uncovers the “Jewel of the Missions”. The audio tour grants the listener the unique opportunity to experience history first hand, learn new things about Mission San Juan Capistrano never before heard and see the Jewel up close and personal. This tour is available for free any day, any time, at your own pace. You control what you hear.
Dial 1 to begin the tour. Follow the tour in numerical order or create your own sequence. When prompted, enter the number of the stop you wish to hear more about.
Each stop is approximately 1 to 2 minutes long and is a unique experience. You may start and stop the tour at any point or enter another number anytime you choose.
Mission San Juan Capistrano strives to be accessible to everyone. While some parts of our property are limited due to the historic nature of the site, the majority of our museum rooms and gardens are wheelchair accessible. However Audio tour stops can still be accessed on the audio wand. Learn more about accessibility.
Preview the Audio Tour (English):
How to Use the Audio Wand
What is a Mission? — Founding Document
Stop 2 Additional Information
Mission Agriculture — Olive Millstone
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