Mission San Juan Capistrano is a California landmark and cultural icon as well as a destination for travelers, the faithful and school children from all over California and the world at large. Known as the home for its world famous swallows, the Mission was founded in faith and continues today to serve as a reminder of the past, a destination for learning, and a place where life-long memories are made. Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded as the 7th of 9 missions established by Father Serra on November 1, 1776. It would become, ultimately one of 21 California missions to be built.
Mission San Juan Capistrano showcases historic and religious artifacts, 18th-20th century paintings, and an interpretive room dedicated to Native American art. In the South Wing Padres Quarters, the Mission features a permanent collection of artifacts belonging to the padres who lived there in the 18th century, highlighting the historical significance of the mission system and the role of the padres in establishing what became the state of California. This exhibit will reinforce many of the lessons outlined in the California fourth grade curriculum by providing visuals—paintings, artifacts, photographs, and other mediums—to illustrate this rich and dynamic history. The permanent collection also displays a group of landscape and portrait paintings, as well as a stunning series of religious artifacts such as chalices, vestments, and tabernacles.