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Mission San Buenaventura

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Address: 225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Phone Number: +1 805-643-4318
08:30 - 16:30
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Founded in 1782, San Buenaventura Mission was the ninth and last mission consecrated by Junipero Serra. Today all that remains of the original Mission is the church and its... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda S
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Founded in 1782, San Buenaventura Mission was the ninth and last mission consecrated by Junipero Serra. Today all that remains of the original Mission is the church and its garden. Admission is just a very reasonable $4 per person. San Buenaventura Mission is really beautiful and the gardens are spectacular. I really enjoyed visiting this mission - actually all of... More 

Thank Linda S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As California Missions go, this is a tiny one, but still worth the visit. There is a small collection of historical artifacts, beautiful gardens, and a pretty chapel. If it's your only chance to see a CA mission, go, but the one up the road in Santa Barbara is much bigger and more impressive...about 1 hour north.

Thank Sue H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see piece of Ventura history! It was beautiful and so calm and peaceful. If you have the opportunity this is a must.

Thank Jeffery W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The size of the mission is very small. There's not much to see. The admission is four dollars for the adults. Their gift shop was very nice and and tons of stuff.

Thank Peipay H
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great for photos, park setting, history, charm. interwoven in neighborhood...not set aside like a museum with an entry fee efore seeing the main attraction. Very European feel. Easy to drop-by just to see the outside, but don't miss the interiors. That Spanish architectural treasure in historic development of California.

Thank 2016Patti
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I went to this mission to be alone and to meditate. I found the courtyard to be the space that fit my needs and although there were many people walking around, everyone was respectful and kept voices to a hush. The chapel is not as glorious as some other Catholic Churches but it does have its own 'presence'. If Missions... More 

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Fayetteville, AR
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice little church, with some history. The video was the best instructional materials, otherwise you just have a nice small garden and a small church. It was only $2 each, and gives you a little history of the catholic church missions along the SoCal coast.

Thank DiverScientist
Covington, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely small mission. Pretty garden. The church is not ornate but it is historically significant -- just take a look at the hand-hewed beams and woodwork. There is a small box on the wall as you move from the gift shop to the museum for a donation to enter - but there actually is a charge of... More 

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I suspect the Chumash People were doing pretty well before the arrival of the 'missionaries' and to be honest I didn't gain greatly from the experience either. Mission San Buenaventura is situated in one of the oldest and most pleasant parts of 'Downtown' Ventura but doesn't begin to compare with the Santa Barbara and San Juan Capistrano equivalents. A tiny... More 

Thank MandM29
Coral Gables, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Among the old Spanish Missions this one ranks behind Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Santa Inez on my list. Worth a visit if in the area but not as a main attraction.

Thank David B

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