What to do at the Carmel Mission:
Visit the Carmel Mission Museum
Shop from our unique collection of gifts at the Museum Store
Attend a mass
View the Mission’s historical buildings
Experience one of California’s most important historic sites featuring:
- St. Junípero Serra and the Mission Basilica Shrine The final resting place of Saint Junípero Serra, Founding Father of California
- The Caravaca Cross The personal reliquary cross of Saint Junípero Serra, and one of the most important artifacts of California and Colonial Missionary History.
- Our Lady of Bethlehem Statue The oldest European styled statue of Our Lady brought to Carmel by Saint Junípero Serra.
- The First Library of California A treasure trove collection of colonial era books brought to Carmel by the Franciscan Missionaries.
Brief History of the Carmel Mission:
Arriving by ship in Monterey on June 3, 1770, Padre Junípero Serra founded the Mission of San Carlos Borromeo in 1771. Padre Serra decided to leave Monterey and establish the mission in Carmel, mainly due to its natural resources.
In 1985, Pope John Paul II declared Junípero Serra venerable, and in 1988 he was beatified in recognition of his heroic virtues. In September 1987, The Pope visited the Carmel Mission as part of his tour of the United States. Pope Francis canonized Saint Junípero Serra on September 23, 2015 at the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Today, the Mission’s and its historic church is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the United States for visitors from all over the world.
MUSEUM STORE & GROUNDS
The Mission Store is now open. Click to View
Monday & Tuesday, Closed.
Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Friday and Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Mission Grounds close 15 minutes prior to store close.
For fully vaccinated individuals a face mask is not required.. For unvaccinated individuals, a face mask is required indoors.
Visit our Online Store: www.carmelmissiononline.org/