The Royal Presidio Chapel Heritage Center is located in the Parish Offices Building located to the east of the Chapel/Cathedral. Displays include a relic of the Vizcaíno-Serra Oak, drawings and photos of the Chapel, items found during the recent archaeological dig and pieces of the whale-bone sidewalk that once led to the Church.
Heritage Center & Docent Tour Hours
After extensive renovation, the Heritage Center has reopened. We are back to regular hours of operation:
Sunday – 1:00-3:00 pm
2nd and 4th Monday – 1:15-3:15 pm
Tuesday – closed
Wednesday 10:00-12:00 pm
Thursday – closed
Friday – 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Saturday – 10:00 am-12:00 pm
The Heritage Center is usually closed during Holy Week, the week of Thanksgiving, and the Christmas / New Year holidays.
Docent Tours of Royal Presidio Chapel
Docents will be pleased to give tours of the Chapel and grounds during the hours listed above, except when religious services are being held. Although there is no admission charge for the Heritage Center or for individual tours, donations are gratefully accepted.
Group Tours of Royal Presidio Chapel
Visits and tours for groups of more than 10 people must be scheduled in advance to ensure that our small Cathedral is not overwhelmed. Group tours may be scheduled by appointment and will be escorted by San Carlos Docents. A donation of $5.00 per adult tour member is suggested. Afternoon tours are recommended; however, morning tours may be scheduled as long as they do not conflict with religious services. Unfortunately, at the present time we do not have a volunteer tour coordinator.
We are grateful for donations in any amount. A copy of the poster of a watercolor by artist Charles Franks, pictured above right, will be given to anyone who donates $10.00 or more to the Royal Presidio Chapel restoration. Please see one of our Docents if you would like to have a poster.