What to do at the Carmel Mission:

  • Guided docent tours

  • Self-guided tours

  • Visit the Carmel Mission Museum

  • Shop for gifts at the Museum Store

  • Attend a mass

  • Tour 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.

Breif 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.

Operating Hours & Mass Schedules:

Museum Store & Grounds Hours

Monday through Sunday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Museum grounds close at 4:45 pm

Contact Us

Museum Store : 831.624.1271 – ext 210

Parish Office : 831.624.1271 – ext 200

Museum Curator :