Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

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A Spanish mission founded in 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara provides an insight into the colonization of southern California. Franciscan friars created the mission so they could convert the indigenous Chumash tribe to Catholicism. Embark on self-guided tour through the sacred garden, historical cemetery, church, and museum, or take one of the docent-led tours. Don't miss the fountain, aqueduct, and lavandaria in the Mission's front yard, all original fixtures built by the Chumash. The museum is home to a Chumash prayer board, the first written Chumash ever attempted. Our Santa Barbara day trip planner makes visiting Old Mission Santa Barbara and other Santa Barbara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We walked around outside and took pictures. We love old churches and this one is a beauty. Build by the Monks and the Chumash Indians, it has a long and varied history, to which the tour guide was ver...  more »
  • This was my wife's first visit to CA other than arriving at LAX. We defiantly will go back and spend more time in Santa Barbara.  more »
  • We’ve been to a few Missions across the Southwest. This was by far the best for historical accuracy and preservation. We took the Treasure tour and Barbera was excellent! Lots of information and back ...  more »
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  • Took my to visit & get info for his 4th grade Mission Project. I did my own mission project on the Santa Barbara Mission when I was his age. It was my first time visiting the mission since I was a kid. It was even more beautiful to me as an adult. Everybody was so friendly, offered so much information & got my son tons of pamphlets, stickers & printed info on the mission for the scrapbook he is making. We had a very wonderful time to say the least!
  • Great place to visit! Rich in history and really interesting. If you visit, get there early and take the guided tour, there's so much to learn and so many details that you would miss if you tour it by yourself. Me and my family enjoyed it a lot, and after the visit we went to Presidio and ended the day walking through Downtown Santa Barbara.
  • We took the tour this time to learn about the history. So much has changed in the last 200 years. Very educational.
  • The place is very quiet and pleasant. Views from the ocean inspire you a lot!!
  • Very neat to see such an old and unique building that is still standing and in use today. The tour was very informative and the tour guide is very fun and passionate about the mission.
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