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Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

3080 Rio Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93923 USA

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“worship, education, history & art”

Through its five museums, the Carmel Mission addresses the history of one of California’s most important heritage sites. The Basilica Church, a registered National Historic Landmark, is the centerpiece of the Mission. Upon entering, visitors are usually struck by its catenary ceiling, thirty foot reredos and 5 foot thick walls. The Harry Downie Museum, located in the forecourt to the Basilica, houses interpretive displays and artifacts devoted to telling the restoration story of the Mission and the significance of Harry Downie’s efforts in the restoration.Behind the Basilica, in the Munrás courtyard, one will find the Munrás Family Heritage Museum. It displays the treasured keepsakes of one prominent Monterey family. Its goal is to enhance every visitor's appreciation of their own unique legacy.Adjacent to the Basilica, the Jo Mora Chapel Gallery houses the elaborate Serra Memorial Cenotaph, sculpted in 1924 by Jo Mora, of travertine marble and bronze. This museum is also the home to an art exhibit which changes periodically.In Convento Museum, through which one exits the Mission complex, is found the cell used by Blessed Junipero Serra and were he died in 1784. Other rooms in the museum present interpretive displays for further understanding the history of this beautiful heritage site.

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  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
December 28, 2014
Rated 5.0

This place is beautiful! If you ever get the chance please go. Allow yourself plenty of time to see everything.

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Chini Tiongco

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  • 105 Helpful
August 13, 2014
Rated 5.0

Great architecture and very historic place. The displays are very interesting and you'll learn about it's mission before. There are also restaurants here but the ice cream and dessert shops took my interest more. :)

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Tatiana Danger

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March 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo in Carmel Valley is a beautiful hillside mission is just a half mile from the sea, and was founded in 1770. Today visitors can explore the church, five on-site museums, and spend time in the peaceful courtyard.

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Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

3080 Rio Road
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
93923 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:30 am - 4:45 pm

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