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Mission San Buenaventura

225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
+1 805-643-4318
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Very well maintained

One of the original missions founded by Father Junipero Serra, this mission was well maintained... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
hamlong74 .

A token to history of SanBuenaVentura.interesting architecture. Conveniently located in downtown... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barbara K
Ventura, California
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“gift shop” (33 reviews)
“small museum” (13 reviews)
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225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
+1 805-643-4318
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the original missions founded by Father Junipero Serra, this mission was well maintained. The displays were interesting and nicely done, the gardens beautiful and the sanctuary cavernous and breathtaking, giving you a sense of reverence as you walk in the doors. It is...More

Thank hamlong74 .
Reviewed 1 week ago

A token to history of SanBuenaVentura.interesting architecture. Conveniently located in downtown. Very peaceful.

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Founded 1782, 9 of 21 historic California missions and named for St. Bonaventure, Tuscany, 1221. He once exclaimed "O buona ventura," (oh, good fortune!). The bell tower is unusual because of the asymmetry, the two upper sections are not centered on the base. There are...More

Thank Walker S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful rose gardens with rose scent wafting in the air surrounded by Spanish tile work , -the mission has been restored to a beautiful level and the park adjacent is wonderful too - a great addition to old town Ventura

Thank mike s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love seeing the old Spanish missions. This one is very nice, with a wonderful garden. This was a lovely place, and doesn't take a lot of time to see.

Thank SGJ1013
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This mission is small, so great if you have small children. You won't need to spend a lot of time, so they won't get tired or bore before you're finished. The handicapped will have a bit of a time here, but should contact in advance...More

Thank AJD50
Reviewed 18 April 2017

On our weekend trip to Ventura we stopped off to visit this Mission. Established in 1782, it's apparently the last of the 9 mission founded by Father Sierra. It's not the biggest in California, but a must see if your into the history of the...More

Thank Judy H
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We enjoyed our walk through of the Mission. There were artifacts from earlier times on display and a nice handout telling about the history of the Mission.

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We were totally unaware of this mission prior to coming to this area. We visited mid day, mid week and found metered parking convenient. Entering/exiting the mission grounds through a gift shop gave us a chance to pick up some gifts. The small museum attached...More

1  Thank 323maureens
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We stopped off here during a brief stop in Ventura. The gardens are beautifully maintained with fountains flowing. There were small birds singing and the garden was very peaceful.

Thank VanessaB_107
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Is it possible as a visitor to attend a Sunday Mass? How long is Mass? We would like to attend on Easter. We came from out of state to see this mission and didn't know it was closed on Sunday:(
15 April 2017|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
I do not know about Eater services but regular Sunday services are at 7:30,9;10:30 Spanish and 12:15
Terry G
Do they have Sunday Mass at the Mission?
4 January 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. On Sunday it's 7:30am, 9:00am, and 12:15pm.