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Mission San Buenaventura

225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
+1 805-643-4318
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Nice mission but it only takes a few minutes to view

Nice mission but it only took a few minutes to view the small garden and church. There was a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
James S
Hemet, California
A site with an updated looking church

The church is still operational. I am sure that this must be the original site, but the church... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Susan M
Warren, Michigan
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225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
+1 805-643-4318
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice mission but it only took a few minutes to view the small garden and church. There was a museum but it was also very small. Of interest was a wooden church bell with a metal plate on the inside.

Thank James S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The church is still operational. I am sure that this must be the original site, but the church looks as though it has been rebuilt since the 1780. It is promoted as one of the oldest missions in California.

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thought we would " just drop by" and ended up staying for almost two hours! Thoroughly enjoyed the informative videos about Father Junipero Serra. The glass cases are filled with precious artifacts, including three beautiful silk robes. The active sanctuary is lovely to behold. The...More

Thank Travel-lady03
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An hour will more than do to visit this pretty mission. Self-guided tour pamphlet included in the admission price. Quiet, beautiful courtyard garden.

Thank onthegoNagoya
Reviewed 12 June 2017

The visitors' center is informational. There is a video on the life of Father Serra, and artifacts in glass cases. The courtyard is well landscaped with many photo opps. The inside of the mission is quite lovely and very old. The mission and garden are...More

Thank Genie K
Reviewed 29 May 2017

The Mission is right on Main Street, and the City of Ventura failed to place it in the right context by keeping the traffic away and making it more of a focus point for the city. Compare this to Santa Barbara, where the Mission is...More

1  Thank wolfhomma
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Beautiful and historic, this is a great sight to check out during a stay in Ventura. I highly recommend it.

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 20 May 2017

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 14 May 2017

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

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed 12 May 2017

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
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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
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.