You'll be within close proximity of the Carmel Mission when you choose Monterey Bay Inn for your lodging. There are many facets to this spiritual center that was built in 1771. The main event is the Basilica Church, which is a National Historic Landmark. A myriad of artifacts are on display in the Harry Downie Museum and Munrás Family Heritage Museum while a rotating art exhibit is the highlight of the Jo Mora Gallery. In addition, there are tours of the Carmel Mission, including the grave site of Father Junipero Serra, the leader of the California mission movement.
Carmel Mission Classic
Jo Mora Gallery
What type of exhibits can I see?
There are a multitude of exhibits you can peruse at the Carmel Mission. Spanish colonial liturgical art can be found throughout the Basilica Church, the Serra Memorial Cenotaph sculpture is in the Jo Mora Gallery, interpretive artifacts are on display in the Harry Downie Museum, and the treasures of the Monterey family are what you’ll discover in the Munrás Family Heritage Museum.
Is the church still open and active?
Yes, it most certainly is. On Sunday morning, there are several masses. Quiet Mass at the Dawn begins at 7:30, the Children’s Mass follows at 9:15, and the Solemn Choir Mass takes place at 11:00. The Mid-Day Mass gets underway at 12:45. In addition, there’s a Vigil Mass on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Daily Mass every Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m. and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon.