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Mission San Xavier del Bac Questions & Answers

Austin, Texas

We're planning to visit it as a tourists, is that appropriate? We're not religious at all but we don't like to be rude at there.

What I mean, can we visit it as a museum?

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Hartford, Connecticut
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Absolutely, you can visit as a museum, be sure to watch the renovation video...very informative.

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Tucson
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Yes, it is a public place like any other religious site, you're welcome.

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San Tan Valley, Arizona
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yes, while it is a working church, the tours are set for typical tourists.

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Hawalli, Kuwait
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Yes sure u can visit it without being religious. I’m not Christian but I enjoyed my visit to this amazing place. Show your respect to the place and don’t talk loud while u r inside. You will enjoy it as much as I did.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Definitely. Just go and enjoy

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yes.

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Yes, absolutely.

Take the free tour, visit the native booths outside, enjoy the grounds, history and the great art.

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The Cincinnati Region
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Yes

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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Yes you can, it is more a mission than a church with a rich and long history. Try to take the free guided tour. I also am not religious but came for the history.

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Arizona
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Definitely. I wouldn’t go in shorts or sleeveless more out of respect. It’s a beautiful walk and lots to see. I spent a lot of time looking up at the ceilings. Be sure to look ALL around- there’s lots to see. Check the website for times os services and tours. It’s quite a drive but worth it. Enjoy

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Tucson, Arizona
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Yes, for me it is a walk thru museum sort of thing complete with gift shops. You can even wear walking shoes and walk up the mountain. Most times I went they even had fried bread and soda or water in the parking lot.

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Overgaard, Arizona
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Being a tourist is just fine, I took my Chinese wife and son.

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They welcome everyone with open arms. Although it is a functioning church, it is also a tremendous history museum. Just make sure you've got a good camera as the lighting is a bit on the dark side. There is no dress code, other than good manners.

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Tucson, United States
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Absolutely. Although San Xavier is a functioning Catholic missionary church, most who visit do so as tourists. Just be respectful and try to avoid flash photography inside the church. Don't forget to try the Fry Bread.

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Yes.

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Beloit, Wisconsin
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Yes you can visit it. We were a group of Red Hatters that went to see it on a tour. It is an awesome church.

If you are going on your own make sure once inside to look at both sides. A door on one side will have the same thing on the other side or something similar. Everything matches up on both sides.

You might also want to take in Old Town where movies were filmed. Then walk across to where there are a couple of stores. An Indian who starred in many films has an album showing the movies he was in. He also makes his own jewlery. If you are lucky he might play his musical instrument and sing.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Yes. people were generally quiet inside but many of us walked around taking photos. A few may kneel and pray so just be aware.

6 months ago
Portland, Oregon
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Yes, you can visit at tourists. Time your visit to avoid scheduled religious services. A beautiful place!

6 months ago
Crossroads, New Mexico
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The last time I was there, it was possible to go inside and look around on weekdays. It is open to the public as an historic site. But be respectful on Sundays, because it is an active religious mission.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Yes. all are welcome

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Tucson, Arizona
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YES, it’s the second most visited site in Arizona! They do hold services on Sunday mornings, so try to avoid going then, but I’ve visited several times and never had any issues. It’s absolutely beautiful. You can take a guided tour or just walk around on your own. There’s a cute gift shop too.

Most of the time, starting around 11am, food is available at the Ramada’s on the east side of the parking lot. Fry bread, etc.

you won’t be disappointed with your visit.

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