California Missions Museum

Tucked away in the back of the Cline Cellars winery on Highway 121 on the way to Sonoma stands the California Missions Museum. Also on the Cline Cellars property is a cross and adobe building marking the spot Father Altimira is said to have dedicated the original Sonoma Mission only to have it moved some […]

Mission Carmel Mora Museum

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Mission Carmel Downie Museum

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Mission Carmel Basilica Museum

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Mission San Juan Bautista Cemetery

Exit the Church on the opposite side from where you entered by a door about midway down the side of the Church. You will exit to the cemetery which contains the remains of over 4,000 Native Americans and Europeans. Picture taken 11:20am 7 June 2004 Directly in front of you when you exit the Chruch […]

Mission San Juan Bautista Garden

The gardens are quite extensive. You can visit them before or after the museum. In addition to being populated with a large number of plants and trees, there is a display that highlights and describes all of the various missions in Alta California. Again, just a sampling of what you can see in the garden […]

Mission San Juan Bautista Museum

The museum at this Mission contains a good collection of items and displays. It is housed in most of the area of the Mission that was the original Convento wing where the padres lived and Natives worked. A sample of the items and displays are shown here… Altar Decorations Picture taken 10:45am 7 June 2004 […]

Mission San Juan Bautista Mission Exterior

First thing one should do is take a look at the exterior of the Mission. We’ll start at the entrance under the El Camino Real bell. The State Historical Area will be off to the right and behind you. The original convento wing of the Mission is in front of you and now contains the […]

Mission San Juan Bautista History

In Brief Founded: 24 June 1797 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén Named for: Saint John the Baptist Number in Series: 15th Indian Name: Popelout, or Popeloutchom Brand: Detail Spring 1797: Spanish Corporal Juan Ballesteros and five men arrived at the future mission site. They built a chapel, granary, and houses for the padres and […]

Presidents-General of The Missions

The head of the Catholic missions in California between 1769 and 1812 was known as the President-General and was appointed by his apostolic college in Mexico City. After 1812 when Mexico became independent, he was appointed by the Commissary General of the Indies, a Franciscan residing in Spain and technically known as the Commissary Prefect […]