Preserving the Past for Future Generations

National Historic Landmark, 11 historic structures, and 5 museums throughout 22 acres

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“The best history doesn’t just sit behind a glass case; it helps us to understand what’s outside the case.” – Barack Obama

“The best history doesn’t just sit behind a glass case; it helps us to understand what’s outside the case.” – Barack Obama

CONVENTO MUSEUM

Reconstruction of the Convento Museum by Harry Downie, now the Mission’s largest and most important Museum, began in 1932 and continued until 1941 with the completion of the Museum Store, artifact rooms, exhibits, and padre’s quarters. Downie laid out the new adobe walls to correspond with the remaining wall remnants and footings he discovered from the original Mission that stood through the early 1800’s.

Most notable is the reconstruction of what was once the padre’s living quarters. It is historically furnished and decorated to allow visitors to “step back in time.”  These displays are depicted from the written word of Fr. Serra, Fr. Palóu, and Fr. Crespi – who all lived in these quarters and wrote vigilantly of daily life at Mission St. Carlos. Many of the historical artifacts include Serra’s bible, literature dating back to 1568, and Serra’s chair have been returned to Carmel Mission and are on display in the Convento Museum.

The proposed Museum upgrades keep the spirit of this concept alive, offer enhancements for a better visitor experience with improved historical content and modern engineering, to keep the integrity of the artifacts intact, accessibility to all exhibits, and lighting and displays to bring the museum into the 21st century.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact our office at (831) 624-3261 or development@carmelmissionfoundation.org

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