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 Mission San Buenaventura

Mission San Buenaventura

211 East Main Street, Ventura, California, 93001 | Mission San Buenaventura phone number 805-643-4318

Experience California History at Mission San Buenaventura

During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Spanish missionaries established 21 religious and military outposts throughout the land that would become the state of California. Catholic priests founded the Mission San Buenaventura in 1782, and the structure soon became the centerpiece of the new colony. Although earthquakes, fires, and tidal waves challenged the structure throughout the last two centuries, today you can tour the historic church and its garden, plus a small museum with artifacts from native peoples.


Hours -

10AM-5PM Monday to Friday, 9AM-5PM Saturday, 10AM-4PM Sunday

Prices -

$4 adults, $3 seniors (65+), $1 children (under 18)


  • First Sunday Food Drive
  • San Buenaventura Feast Day
  • Ventura City Street Fair


  • Tours
  • Mass
  • Garden
  • Museum
  • Historic Sites


Founded by Franciscan monks in 1782, Mission San Buenaventura was the ninth mission established in California by the Spanish. The original church burned down in 1793, and was rebuilt over 19 years. Today you can see a small section of the historic mission.

Sacred Relics

Discover numerous relics on display in the church’s baptistery. You can see relics from the Virgin Mary, her husband Saint Joseph, Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Bonaventure – plus a piece of the True Cross.


  • Are guided and self-guided tours available?

    Yes. Self-guided tours are available every day, and can be arranged at the gift shop. Guided tours must be arranged in advance, and are only available on select holidays including President’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
  • Is there a general admission fee?

    Yes, the fee to access the church, museum, garden and historic sites is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors (65+) and $1 children (under 18). Families with children under 18 years can pay a discounted rate of $10 for the whole group.

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