San Juan Capistrano

Mission

Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776. Today it is known as the "Jewel of the Missions" for both its historic beauty and sacred tranquility. Originally docent guided tours directed the visitor experience, but after 230 years the Mission needed a master plan to create modern exhibits and a unified interpretive approach. Maple & Associates worked with the Mission's Director, staff, docents and Board of Directors to produce a vision for the Mission's future.

The first exhibit to be developed showcased the lives of the padres who lived in the South Wing of the Mission during the 18th century. Creating permanent exhibits in a historic structure without diminishing the historic ambiance and charm was quite a design challenge. The ten acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains and more provide a must-see destination for world-travelers and thousands of student visitors from local schools.