Mission Carmel Munras Museum

Behind the Basilica is a small adobe now set up as the Munras Museum. Barcelona-born Esteban Munras relocated from Lima, Peru to Monterey in 1820. Two years later he wed Catalina Manzaneli at Mission Soledad. The couple took up residence with her stepfather, Dr. Quixano, at the Monterey Presidio while they were building Casa Munras on a nearby 3-acre lot. That house was completed in 1824 and the family prospered.

About twelve decades later, in 1941, their great-granddaughter Maria Antonia Field built a country villa on Rancho Laguna Seca and later, in 1958, she moved into her third home overlooking the Carmel Mission.

This museum describes the life of that family.

Munras Museum
Picture taken 11:49am 25 Feb 2012

The family tree is one of the displays in the museum.

Munras Family
Picture taken 11:51am 25 Feb 2012

A number of display cases line the walls of this small museum. A video showing the history of Monterey runs in a loop and seats are available to view the video. Take the time to look around and watch the video.

Museum Pan
Picture taken 11:51am 25 Feb 2012

Here we’ll give you an overview of the display cases with some example pictures of some of the individual displays.

First Display
Picture taken 11:54am 25 Feb 2012
Second Display
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Third Display
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Fourth Display
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Fifth Display
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Sixth Display
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Some of the individual exhibits follow…

Dictionary
Picture taken 11:55am 25 Feb 2012
Crusade Soldier
Picture taken 11:56am 25 Jan 2012
Dictionary St. James the Moorslayer
(“Santiago Matamoros” in Spanish)

He’s shown driving Muslims out of Spain. St. James was the patron saint of Spain and a popular figure in Spanish Colonial art.

Beads
Picture taken 11:58am 25 Feb 2012
McKee Family
Picture taken 11:59am 25 Feb 2012
Beads Dr. McKee and Family
Picture similar to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Picture taken 11:56am 25 Feb 2012
Small Vase
Picture taken 12:00noon 25 Feb 2012
Immaculate Conception
This painting looks similar to Our Lady of Guadalupe but probably is the Immaculate Conception. The crown on Mary’s head identifies her as Queen of Heaven and the Angels. The three figures at the top of the composition represent the Trinity.
Small, Ornate Vase

The other end of the adobe has an enclosed display room showing the makeup of a typical living room of the post-mission era.

Living Room
Picture taken 12:05pm 25 Feb 2012

From the Munras Museum veer a little to the right and you can enter the inner courtyard of the Mission.