National Historic Landmark. San Juan Bautista was the fifteenth
mission, founded June 24, 1797 by Fr. Lasuén. It sits in a remarkably unchanged setting with considerable collections and archaeological resources. The mission church, built in 1803, has three aisles, making it the largest among the California Missions. The convento was constructed in the 1790s and currently holds the mission museum. The convento and church were damaged by the 1906 earthquake, and repaired through donations from the Hearst Foundation in 1950. Side aisles retrofitted 1975-76 with funds raised by the San Juan Bautista Fiesta Committee.
Immediate and Long-Term Funding Needs:
- Retrofit Mission Church This includes anchoring the cross-ties over the aisles to side walls.
- Build a firewall in the convento roof.
- Repair and upgrade mission electrical system
- Improve storage and display of museum collections, including hundreds of books and manuscripts, several pieces of mission era furniture, Native American textiles, and thousands of archaeological artifacts.
- Construct ADA accessible restrooms.
North or southbound I-5:
I-5 to CA-152 west at Los Banos (approximately
40 minutes.) Take the Hollister exit to CA-156 west to the town
of San Juan Bautista. Follow the signs to the mission.
or Southbound US-101: Proceeding
north or south on US-101, take the CA-156 east to the town
of San Juan Bautista and follow the signs to the mission.
(San Benito County)