Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano Historic Landmark & Museum

The whole family will enjoy budget-friendly activities, experiencing culture and history in many ways- from audio tours to educational tour booklets, fun exhibits and historical re-enactments. See a snapshot of California’s history by touring our museum exhibits in both our museum rooms and throughout our 10-acre grounds of gardens, fountains and adobe preserved architecture. Most of our on-going events and exhibits are included in the price of admission.

Mission SJC Logo949.234.1300
26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

In Tribute Bell Ringing for Friar Junipero Serra
Daily • 12:45 pm

Koi Fish Feeding

Daily • 12:45 pm / $1.00 per person, FREE for members 

Curiosity Carts

Tuesdays & Thursdays • 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Native American Basket Weaving

Wednesdays (1st & 3rd of each month) • 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Panning for Gold

Saturdays & Sundays • 11:00 am-3:00 pm / 
$3.00 per person, $1.00 for members

Panning for Gold / Adobe Brick Making

Saturdays & Sundays • 11:00 am-3:00 pm / 
$3.00 per person, $1.00 for members

Panning for Gold/Adobe Brick Making Bundle: $5.00 per person

Teacher Appreciation Day

Second Saturday each month



Award Winning-Adult Audio Tour: Voices of the Mission
Available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Vietnamese.
Child Audio Tour

Saved by the Mission Bell: A Child’s Journey Through California History
Available in English and Spanish

Swallows Walk & Talk Tour

NEW! Daily • 1:00 pm

Guided Tours

Monday through Friday • 11:15 am / Saturdays • 11:15 am and 2:15 pm / 
Sunday • 2:15 pm

Garden Tours

Wednesdays • 10:15 am and at 10:45 am

4th Grader Q&A Session

NEW! Saturdays & Sundays • 3:00 pm

Serra Chapel Tour

NEW! Sundays • 11:15 am

Mission Main Activities


Mission Treasures: Historical Collection Revealed Exhibit

Open Daily • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Native American Museum & Interpretive Room

Open Daily • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Padres Quarters/South Wing Building

Open Daily • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Plein Air Art Reproductions Exhibit

Open Daily • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mission SJC Summer Programs


Mission San Juan Capistrano is pleased to offer holiday crafts for children (appropriate for ages 6-12) beginning December 23, 2013 continuing through January 3, 2014. Parent or sitter must be present to participate.
Fee: $3.00 per child in addition to admission; $1.00 for members

MONDAY: Lasso/Jump Rope
December 23, 30 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

TUESDAY: Miniature Adobe Brick House
December 31 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

WEDNESDAY: Cornhusk Dolls/Action Figures
January 1 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

THURSDAY: Mini Coiled Clay Pot
December 26 and January 2 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

FRIDAY: Arrowhead Necklace
December 27 and January 3 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Mission San Juan Capistrano plans summer fun, day and night for the whole family!
Enjoy daily activities and camping all summer long! Sign the kids up for affordable summer camp programs to explore the Mission. Adults celebrate the nights at Music Under the Stars, Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Summer Concert Series.

SJC Mission Bells


Return of the Swallows

Saint Joseph’s Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration

Don’t miss this world renowned celebration every March.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mission SJC Miriachi

Ninth Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival

A friendly competition of young, mariachi musicians celebrating talent, interpretation and inspiration within one festival.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Camping at the Mission

Night at the Mission Camping

Adventurous family sleepover that includes touring the museum rooms and grounds at night, activities, dinner and breakfast the next morning.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mission Gala Concert & Dinner

Romance of the Mission Benefit Gala Concert and Dinner

The most exclusive gala benefit hosted in Orange County every year. Features a pre-show hosted reception, extravagant entertainment in the Great Stone Church and the most romantic dinner setting display. Underwriting opportunities available.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Christmas at the Mission

Christmas at the Mission

Mission San Juan Capistrano is proud to participate in San Juan Capistrano’s annual Christmas tree lighting festivities. Bring the whole family to this event as we invite the public to celebrate the holidays with us.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


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