Updated: Apr 6, 2018
Mission San Juan
Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum, welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year. It is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage.
Experience the new "Worth A Visit" exhibit highlighting rarely seen images from the Mission's museum and archival photo collection dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also featured are new digital kiosks that showcase even more historical images.
Visitors may find it interesting to know that the title of the exhibit was inspired by the 1930s era when the Mission's original ticket booth had a sign painted on it that read, "Worth a Visit."
Enhance your visit with our new multi-language Audio Tour available in English, Spanish, French and German and now offered free with admission. The audio tour mixes music, storytelling and history revealing interesting facts you may not know about the Mission and California history such as admission tickets were only 10 cents in 1919.
Among the sites to see is the iconic bell wall where you can experience the tradition of bell ringing daily honoring the legacy of Saint Junipero Serra, who founded the Mission in 1776.
Visit the Serra Chapel, California’s only chapel still standing where Saint Serra celebrated Mass and where the Eucharist has been celebrated daily.
Enjoy hands-on activities in our Mission Clubhouse such as weave a basket like the Native Americans or relax in peaceful and stunning gardens. The California poppies are in full bloom.
Another new edition to the "Jewel of the Missions," is our Native American history programming and activities offered on the first Sunday and second Saturday of the month. Adults and children are invited to enjoy storytelling, songs and activities free with paid admission to the Mission.
Conveniently located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, close to the freeway and airport and within walking distance from the train depot.
Bring the whole family as visitors of all ages will enjoy California Landmark #200. To view our upcoming calendar of events, please visit www.missionsjc.com