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General Admission to Old Mission Santa Barbara

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    Visit: Old Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611

    Established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786, the Santa Barbara Mission was the tenth of twenty-one California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans.

    The Mission continues to be the chief cultural and historic landmark in the city of Santa Barbara. More than 200 years later, it is still the home to a community of Franciscan friars and has a large and active parish.

    During your visit you can expect to see magnificent architecture of the church facade and convento, the breathtaking Mission church with its colonial-era art and sculptures and an eleven-room museum, including:
    • Chumash Room featuring Native American artifacts, along with traditional crafts and tools
    • Re-creation of a 17th century kitchen with original 1790’s adobe wall and 1805 front stone wall
    • Trades room with agricultural, blacksmithing, and weaving tools, as well as historical mission-era photos
    • Treasures room with the beautiful original Chumash altar

    Explore the historic Cemetery and Mausoleum which contain the remains of Native Americans, early settlers, and the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, as well as twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens featuring plants that are representative of the Mission era (1769-1836),

    Docent tours are available first come first served Monday through Friday at 11:00 am, Saturday at 10:30 am, and Sunday at 12:30 pm. Approximately 1 hour long. Private tours can also be reserved.
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    We went there and recommend it as a way to understand how this area transitioned from Chumash inhabitation to Spanish and then American control. They have a nice museum where you can appreciate the worksmanship of the Chumash. It is difficult to imagine how it...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank LauranTony
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    So interesting. Filled with bits and pieces of old history. Save some time to stop by. Remember to bring a camera!

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Emutraveler
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    It is definitely worthwhile visiting the mission if you are in Santa Barbara. The Mission itself is very impressive and is well taken care of. There is a self guided tour that is available with a general admission. The buildings are very interesting and the...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank jpm-indy
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Over the course of 40 or so years, I've visited about half of the Spanish missions in California. Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo in Carmel is more spectacular architecturally and artistically. Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission La Purisima Conception in Lompac are more...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Steve S
    Reviewed 2 July 2019

    Definitely plan an hour to stop at the old mission. This is clearly the highlight of Santa Barbara. If the weather is good, there is a nice park just in front of the mission where you can picnic.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank travel0014
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