Mission Nombre de Dios Museum
The Mission Nombre de Dios Museum seeks to educate and inform visitors about the faith history of the founding of St. Augustine, the missionary effort extending throughout Spanish Florida, and the growth of the church to the present. The museum extends an open atmosphere of welcome to visitors of all faiths.
The Mission Nombre de Dios Museum opened on September 4, 2010 in conjunction with the 445th anniversary celebration of the City of St. Augustine, Flroida and the relocation of the casket of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, the founder of the city. The Mission Museum is an entity of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine and is administered by the Mission Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche.
The Mission Museum building was made possible through a donation from the Robert Ellert and JoAnn Crisp-Ellert estate. Planning and development of the museum was under the direction of the 1565 Committee. The 1565 Committee was originally formed to assist the diocese in preserving the records of the archives.
- The original casket of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, founder of the city of St. Augustine, dating to 1574. Menéndez, whose remains were in this casket until 1924, is buried in his hometown of Avilés, Spain.
- Artifacts uncovered on the mission grounds during archaeological excavations led by Kathy Deagan, Ph.D. University of Florida
- A replica of the oldest written European documents in the U.S.
- Coquina stones from 1875 foundation of a shrine chapel built by Augustin Verot, the first bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine
- A diorama (hand carved description) of the first parish Mass in the U.S. celebrated by Fr. Francisco López de Mendoza Grajales on September 8, 1565.
- Chalices and vestments from archives of the Diocese of St. Augustine.
- A reproduction of the 1155 document from Avilés, Spain.
- A 15 minute documentary featuring the reenactment of the 1565 founding of St. Augustine, the transfer of the casket in 1924 and 2010, and dedication of the museum on September 4, 2010.
- A selection of painting by JoAnn Crisp-Ellert, renowned artist.