Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

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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  • This is worth a side trip to see. The view of the Mission from the adjacent rose garden is beautiful. They have a very nice little gift shop and restroom facilities.  more »
  • The mission is one of the main tourist attractions in Santa Barbara. Is a Spanish parish church. Stay in a quiet, beautiful place, between mountains and with a lot of nature. The historical buildings are well maintained and very beautiful. We walk by the external area and went to visit the souvenir shop. Can be done a guided tour to learn about the art and architecture of the place, knowing the gardens and etc. This tour is paid.
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  • This is a 200+ year old mission set in a beautiful locale in the hillsides of Santa Barbara. The museum part of it (where the Franciscan monks stayed) was beautifully kept and showed a bit of their li...  more »
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  • Of all the California Missions, Mission Santa Barbara certainly is one of the best preserved and features the most detailed and best curated museum. It doesn't hurt that it's the only Mission still operating as a monetary. Be sure to spend some time in the Adobe museum towards the end of the tour exploring the artifacts. Also, when walking through the graveyard pay attention to the plaques noting American Indian history.
  • This was just the right place to get out and stretch my legs on a beautiful Sunday as we drove up the California coast. My two teenagers and I had a nice time looking around and taking in the sites of this historic facility. Mass was happening when we arrived so we did not make it inside the church itself but that was okay. Cannot remember exact cost but remember it being minimal. Beautiful stop worth a visit.
  • The Queen of the Missions got it's name "Queen" because it was the only Spanish mission to be built with two bells. The church is a quick stop, but none-the-less quite beautiful, especially the elegantly designed chapel.
  • it's a beautiful mission and very easy to get to. there is a little patch of grass in the front where many locals and travelers tend to gather.
  • A bit boring but its small so you would not get really bored. Although its a nice, old place

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