Bartolini Gallery Extension
Celebrating 200 Years: Mission San Rafael Arcángel
On view September 7 through October 18, 2017
The Marin History Museum and Mission San Rafael Arcángel proudly present highlights from the Mission’s 200 years in to the community. Original vestments, artwork, artifacts, plus historic and contemporary photographs illustrate the storied history of San Rafael’s Mission and honor the cornerstone it represents within Marin’s community.
The Mission was founded as a “hospital asistencia” for ailing individuals from Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco. San Rafael was selected because of the ideal climate and agricultural richness, both of which were well-suited to the needs of a growing population. Over the next 200 years the mission was raised to “full mission status,” the original adobe buildings were lost to time and a new community of parishioners raised the roof on new buildings. Several houses of worship have stood on the Mission’s footprint, some were wood framed, others were stucco, but all have embraced the multicultural community that San Rafael has always been.
Nearly 70 years ago, a replica of the original mission rose on the site and now it is nestled next to St. Raphael’s Church. Together they represent the past, the present and the future of heart of the community.
This exhibit is on display in the Bartolini Gallery, in the Marin Center Exhibit Hall. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm and select weekends. Please call 415.473.7094 for information.