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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. See Old Mission Santa Barbara and all Santa Barbara has to offer by arranging your trip with our Santa Barbara travel itinerary maker.
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  • Beautiful place. History is everywhere the grounds are gorgeous. The fountain adds a nice touch and a place to take it all in. Gift shop has adorable items. Parking is free. Admission is $9 per adult  more »
  • The Santa Barbara mission is iconic. There are so many opportunities for great photos - if you are interested in it as one of the gems of the California missions, a beautiful and serene church sanctua...  more »
  • We combined a visit to the old Mission with a visit to the nearby Botanic Garden. Both can easily be done in a relaxing day. The Mission is a good history lesson of the Santa Barbara area. It's presen...  more »
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  • Great historical place, with nice views. There are lots of cool little parts inside the mission that are great for photographs, like the side yard with a huge tree and a little cactus garden
  • One of the three old missions I visited this winter while in California. I think this should be on your short list. The exterior and interior is adequately kept. I particularly enjoyed the courtyard, the cemetery, and the basilica / church. There is an old large tree worth seeing in the cemetery. The statue of Jesus and Mary Magdalene within the church was a highlight.
  • The Queen of the Missions was founded in 1786. In addition to the church, there is a museum explaining the history of the structure and its role in California's history. A must-see if in Santa Barbara.
  • Beautiful location for this historic mission. The architecture of the building, as well as the views of Santa Barbara from the mission vantage point, make it a must for tourists and visitors. There is a fee for the museum. Parking is free.
  • Great place to check out with historic relevance and amazing views. They have a tour inside for a fair price and even have a little store. If you like California history or just the architecture it's a nice visit.