History is like Frankenstein’s monster; all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today’s Groupon to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Choose between the following options:
- For $9, you get two general-admission tickets (an $18 value).
- For $17, you get a one-year individual membership (a $35 value).<p>
Founded more than 200 years ago by Spanish padres and Native Americans as one of 21 statewide missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano boasts myriad museum exhibits, a bountiful 10 acres of gardens, koi-filled fountains, and original adobe buildings. Free audio tours available in six different tongues enlighten listeners with facts and anecdotes about the mission and California history set to a soundtrack of curators humming half-remembered Beach Boys melodies. A slew of current exhibits amasses historical artifacts, art reproductions, and information on 18th-century padre life, while abundant activities introduce guests to Native American basket weaving and koi feeding ($1 for nonmembers).
Individual members can wander the garden paths and museum corridors for an entire year for free, and also receive free admission to weekly children’s activities as well as signature festivals and events. Additional perks include a quarterly newsletter, discounted gift-shop purchases and concert tickets, and complimentary time-machine rides to view the mission’s founding in real time.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
When soon-to-be canonized Father Junípero Serra founded Mission San Juan Capistrano on All Saints Day in 1776, he created the 7th of modern California's 21 missions, which were intended to serve as epicenters of Christianity and Spanish culture in the New World. The mission system fell into disarray and disrepair during the war for Mexican independence and the Mexican-American War, but San Juan Capistrano remains, standing as a relic of that era and a testament to California's historical mélange of European and Native American cultures.
The mission invites visitors to learn more about the region’s history by exploring 10 acres of preserved adobe architecture, fountains, and gardens. Audio tours give groups a unique insight into the site's stories, and rotating exhibits feature artwork as well as historical and religious artifacts from San Juan Capistrano. Hands-on activities allow guests to recreate the experience of centuries-old mission life by making adobe bricks, panning for gold, crafting arrowhead necklaces, or connecting computers to dial-up modems.