Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

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Take in the well-preserved history at Mission San Juan Capistrano and tour the museum exhibits inside and throughout the 2 hectares (10 acres) grounds. Originally founded in 1775, the mission was built as a completely self-sufficient community and became a center for industry, religion, and agriculture. Try your hand at Native American basket weaving, pan for gold, or attempt an adobe brick-making session. Tickets include an audio tour; guided tours are available throughout the week. Mission San Juan Capistrano is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Mission has so much history and is a lovely way to spend the day. The price is reasonable and you can get a yearly pass for a great price. Staff is very good to work with. There is a lovely tea... 
    Mission has so much history and is a lovely way to spend the day. The price is reasonable and you can get a yearly pass for a great price. Staff is very good to work with. There is a lovely tea...  more »
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 as the seventh California mission, and contains the last remaining chapel where Fr. Serra is known to have celebrated mass. Also notable are the ruins.....  more
    Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 as the seventh California mission, and contains the last remaining chapel where Fr. Serra is known to have celebrated mass. Also notable are the ruins.....  more »
  • Horrible experience. I’ve been coming here for years and finally my fiancé and I decided to come take pictures here. We got dressed up, drove multiple hours with our photographer friend and arrived... 
    Horrible experience. I’ve been coming here for years and finally my fiancé and I decided to come take pictures here. We got dressed up, drove multiple hours with our photographer friend and arrived...  more »
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  • Was recommended to visit, so I took a trip. I don't think they have a designated parking lot, but the street parking wasn't far, so it was okay. The weather was great, and inside the mansion was pretty enough to visit more than a time. (I got the yearly membership, which was less than two visit's price, and they gave me free fish food, so that my kids can enjoy feeding the bit coy fishes, in two different ponds). I recommend the membership, if you go there! I will definitely go there next time! The town, garden, inside gallery, and historical museums are worth visit.
  • Really special Mission worth 2 hours' time. Easy parking and so much to see both at the Mission and around town. We purchased tickets from a very friendly young man at the ticket office who assured us we could see it all in 90 minutes. Otherwise we were not going to stop here, thinking we did not have enough time. I loved the church and gardens the most, but the living dwellings also gave great insight to daily mission life. We were bothered during our visit with a very naggy woman named Pam who started telling everyone at 4:30 pm that the grounds were closing and to leave. Numerous guests made comments about her behavior and how unwelcoming and rude she acted. One family said, "If she told us once she told us ten times, okay, we are leaving!" We were told 5 times to get out! We walked around town for ten minutes and were in our car driving away at 5:03 pm, so we were out well before closing time.
  • So much history to learn. Inside of the mission grounds and exhibits are well taken care of and the exhibits are set up with numbers for an audio tour you take at your own pace. Membership is available. Friendly staff. Variety of items inside shop. If you collect flat pennies there are 2 machines located inside the mission...
  • Beautiful place to visit for some history. I love the audio option as you walk through the mission. The garden area is beautiful and such an awesome scenery to take it. The church is amazing and there’s plenty to see when coming here
  • Beautiful historic site which is explains the history of the Mission in Orange County. Has a beautiful chapel inside. Free audio guide included with admission. Has several exhibitions on different things: treasures, the mission’s operations history, different historic living quarters, etc. there is a gift shop as well that sells various religious things. While the site mentions the Native Americans who built the place, not much else is discussed about them, which is kind of annoying. I wish they would have included more recent scholarships on how the arrival of the Mission from Europe and other places affected the local Native American populations, both the positive and the negative. I also wish they dedicate a section/two of the place for the Native Americans who built this place. Aside from that they have a room on St. Junipero Serra which contains historical info about his life and ministries.

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