Carmel Mission
Carmel Mission
4.5
Religious SitesHistory Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Betty M
    Oro Valley, Arizona501 contributions
    History at your doorstep
    A must see during your stay in Carmel. PROS: a step back in time in a self-guided tour through this piece of California history is not to be missed. Inexpensive admission and very informative set up. The grounds are lovely and the workmanship in restoring the mission is ongoing. Parking is free. CONS: none
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • TravelJohn092
    Phoenix, Arizona326 contributions
    Beautiful Carmel Mission Basilica Museum
    We enjoy stopping at these old missions in California, tons of history. The museum cost little to get in and is well worth it. This is a pretty good size mission and we took about an hour to see each room, display, garden areas and Church. They also have a Gift shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • ADXBS
    Paris, France980 contributions
    Unmissable if you are in the Monterey / Carmel region
    Do not miss the beautifully restored historical gem in Carmel. The buildings and grounds are a treat in themselves with some gorgeous landscaped gardens and the typical central courtyard. The church itself is a must-see and there is a very good collection of artifacts from the Spanish era of California.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 14, 2023
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Janice Jones
Carmel, CA22 contributions
Aug 2022
Highly ironic for a church to be following the man who got furious for charging people to enter the house of God. And yet here you are doing it again. Some 2000 Years Later.

What do you think Jesus would say to you if he were asked to pay to enter ?

Last time I was charged to enter a church it was for a night club in New York City that was once a church and its staff in Nuns and Saints outfits, doing the Un Godly.

Maybe they branched out to Carmel. Why else would I be charged for entry ? Like at a night club?

My guess is that Sunday Mass time or Christmas Mass or Easter Mass your preachers are asked to ignore that little incident of Jesus getting mad that they were charging admission to the Church.

I've travelled all over the world and have been to churches far older than this, some that date into millennia and have never seen a church charge for admission, unless its a nightclub giving another service altogether.

In all the time I have been passing this "Church" I have never had the urge to go in.
Always something way too unremarkable and earthly about it.
I guess I now know why.

What kind of monsters run this place to be mocking the very teachings of Christ ?
"Pray for us sinners" : I suggest you pray for yourselves as you are shamelessly full of sin.

No admission to the house of God unless you pay ? What kind of God do you folks pray to here exactly?
Written August 26, 2022
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mcdocs
Central Point, OR126 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Wonderful experience reflecting on the history and spirituality of the area. One of our very dear friends had passed away just an hour before, and it was comforting to be able to light a candle for her in the sanctuary.

We had the extreme good fortune and honor of being approached by and given a tour by the curator himself. A rare treat to be sure.

I highly recommend visiting this historic mission while in Carmel.
Written March 5, 2022
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Robert D
Omaha, NE56 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
One of the first missions in California, the locals have kept in almost original shape. The church is magnificent and the sounds emanating when the choir is singing is awesome. The ground, museum and graveyard is worth the time to explore.
Written March 1, 2020
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TravelJohn092
Phoenix, AZ326 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We enjoy stopping at these old missions in California, tons of history. The museum cost little to get in and is well worth it. This is a pretty good size mission and we took about an hour to see each room, display, garden areas and Church. They also have a Gift shop.
Written July 5, 2023
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heumanntouch
Huntington Beach, CA1,181 contributions
Feb 2020
I must have picked a bad day to be here, but I will say it was very picturesque. The grounds are very pretty as are the buildings. It was just too crowded so we left pretty quick. The parking also is a problem if you go when it is busy, as it too us at least 30 minutes to find a spot.
Written February 25, 2020
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Mauro1990
Santa Rosa, CA699 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This Mission has been here since the 1700. Every time we come to Carmel we make a point to come and visit, especially if it’s a Sunday morning to attend the mass. It has so much history about how the Mission came about and it is very spiritual. The property is huge; it has a school(k-8), a museum and a sanctuary where there is lots of memorabilia.
You will not be disappointed in visiting this Mission.
Today was a special day because the Bishop was present in giving the Sacrament of Confirmation to the participants and their sponsors.
Written January 20, 2020
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sp4301
Medford, OR1,918 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is a beautiful old mission and working church. We were there on a Sunday and asked to be respectful of the church service in progress...no problem. We spent more than an hour exploring the grounds, seeing the artifacts and learning some history.

I am glad we stopped here and would recommend it.
Written January 1, 2020
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Betty M
Oro Valley, AZ501 contributions
Jun 2023
A must see during your stay in Carmel.
PROS: a step back in time in a self-guided tour through this piece of California history is not to be missed. Inexpensive admission and very informative set up. The grounds are lovely and the workmanship in restoring the mission is ongoing. Parking is free.

CONS: none
Written June 26, 2023
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John C
Newhall, CA36 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Great mission to visit. This is probably the most beautiful of the California missions.The history and beauty of Carmel mission ranks it as the best of them all.Well worth the time spent.All of the California missions are worth a visit.They are located in beautiful locals.
Written February 18, 2020
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Pete K
Darien, CT116 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The Mission is very well kept and full of art and history. It was easy to spend a couple of hours meandering around the grounds and the Mission Church. We even got to see a wedding in progress. The most interesting feature was the Pope’s Bathroom which was constructed for one use and has not been used since Pope John Paul II’s visit.
Written November 9, 2022
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