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Old Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
+1 805-682-4713
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Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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  • Average9%
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2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
+1 805-682-4713
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Longest continuous mission in California. Self guided tour of grounds & museum just enough to keep interest of teenagers. Highly recommended.

Thank Odessa636
Reviewed 3 days ago

This mission was destroyed in 1925 and rebuilt in 1927. The current museum presents a detailed history of the museum and how the Jesuit Missionaries worked with the local Indians. Still a working mission.

Thank mitch w
Reviewed 5 days ago

You have to visit this mission. Lovely, historical, informative. Love the huge fig tree in courtyard. Well kept up. Museum was so interesting. California history at it's best.

Thank 1stepforward
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited early in the day, before it opened. The grounds and building are beautiful. Would have liked a tour.

Thank kdpbball
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Founded in the 1700s, Santa Barbara Mission is still an active Catholic Parish. The self guided tour was a history lesson about the missions in California with many artifacts on display in the museum. Visitors can take as long as they like in the mission...More

Thank Beckner
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went before the crowds arrived. Wouldn't rush back there to be honest. Santa Barbara has plenty of other things to see

Thank Matthill1984
Reviewed 1 week ago

This mission encompasses the history of Santa Barbara, California missions, the story of the indigenous people of the area. The grounds are spectacular. Try to visit when the chalk art covers the area in front of the mission.

Thank mike747seattle
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the lavenderia to the chalk paintings by locals in front of the mission, take the time to stop here. California history at its best. Inside tours and shops close at 4:30ish, but the photo ops with Friars Tubby, Jellybean & Thumper remain available until...More

Thank 2016Patti
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you do the self-guided tour, definitely stop to watch the approximately 18 minute video on the mission. It provides an good (but brief) overview and history. If you have time it's worth a visit.

Thank Desert__Duo03
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've visited several of the California missions and this one is sited so well with views all around. Just nice to be there. Good location history lesson.

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We will be on a cruise and like to walk up to the mission. Is it far and doable ?Thanks
11 April 2017|
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Response from Diane M | Reviewed this property |
not far from the harbour, totally doable
When was the mission built?
17 December 2016|
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Response from ajbabyboomer | Reviewed this property |
It was first built in 1786 but rebuilt after earthqaukes around 1812. It was rebuilt again after an earthquake in 1920.
Is the mission accessible to wheelchairs and scooters? Thanks.
30 August 2015|
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Response from Serafin H | Reviewed this property |
I have askes in the Mission web, and Laura Foss from the Mission Tours had answered very kindness to me: The vast majority of our site is wheelchair accessible. You can access the Church by going to the end of the front... More