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We'll now enter and tour the museum (#2). The entrance is through the gift shop (small fee to enter).

Like most missions, the museum here is between the gift shop and the church.

One of the outstanding collections at this Mission is the vestment collection. Various vestments are on display at the museum and replaced periodically with others. The detail in the vestments is well worth some time to study them.

Vestments
Picture taken 1:50pm 3 Apr 2002

This model of the Mission accurately represents the main Mission quadrangle at its height of activity.

Also on display (in rather tight quarters) are original Mission bells and a wide variety of other artifacts.

Mission model
Picture taken 1:50pm 3 Apr 2002
Mission bell
Picture taken 1:50pm 3 Apr 2002
Mission bell
Picture taken 1:50pm 3 Apr 2002
Mission bell
Picture taken 1:50pm 3 Apr 2002
Be certain to look in the cases along the walls. There is a small but very nice collection of missals and chant books.
Chant book
Picture taken 1:55pm 3 Apr 2002
Missals
Picture taken 1:55pm 3 Apr 2002

Since you can't visit the grist mill, spend some time with the model stashed in one of the windows. It's now called Chapman's Mill. The model was built in the Summer of 1987. On the left, with a horizontal "Norse" Waterwheel is the Spanish Grist Mill; on the right with a vertical "overshot" waterwheel is a New England Fulling Mill.

Grist mill model
Picture taken 1:55pm 3 Apr 2002

Other items that struck my interest in the museum included the collection of earthenware bowls and jars and the free-standing confessional booth.
Water jar
Picture taken 1:55pm 3 Apr 2002
Confessional
Picture taken 1:55pm 3 Apr 2002
One of the museum rooms is set aside for the Madona Chapel. The polychrome wood carving of the Mother of Sorrows (la Soledad) is the centerpiece of the chapel and is quite striking. The overhead crucifix is also an 18th century polychrome Mexican woodcarving.
Madona Chapel
Picture taken 2:00pm 3 Apr 2002
Madona detail
Picture taken 2:00pm 3 Apr 2002
On the walls to the left and right of the chapel altar are madona paintings of the era.
Painting on left wall
Picture taken 2:00pm 3 Apr 2002
Painting on right wall
Picture taken 2:00pm 3 Apr 2002

Finally, before entering the main church, take a look around. There are things to find everywhere.

Print in tile
Picture taken 2:00pm 3 Apr 2002

On the floor look down at the tiles. The one with the painted square has a print in it left by the maker of the tile.

On one of the back walls, in an unlighted niche, is a small doll statue from the mission period under glass.

And, there's more to see when you visit.

Small statue
Picture taken 2:00pm 3 Apr 2002

From the museum we enter the Mission church...Trail

 

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