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Mission San Buenaventura

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Address: 225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Phone Number: 805 643 4318
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Amazing History from 1780's

For only $4.50 entrance fee, this mission offers a glimpse into some amazing history from the 1780's. Entrance is through the gift shop, which leads to a small museum housing a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Boulder, CO
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Boulder, CO
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

For only $4.50 entrance fee, this mission offers a glimpse into some amazing history from the 1780's. Entrance is through the gift shop, which leads to a small museum housing a wooden bell and some smaller artifacts. This opens to a lush courtyard which showcases a central fountain and religious statues. Placards are placed throughout the grounds explaining various aspects... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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226 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I have been to the major (size and fame) missions along the California coast, so didn't travel to Ventura, CA, just to see the mission. However, I thought since I was there for another reason, why not visit the mission. The mission exterior, grounds, gift shop, and park across the street are all charming and well maintained. The giant Norfolk... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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97 reviews 97 reviews
16 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Great place to walk around and look at the Old Mission. Family friendly and lots of history. The church detail is beautiful

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Ventura, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I looked all over for a place to buy my daughter a rosary. The lovely little gift shop at the Mission had an awesome selection.

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Ventura, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is the first of the California Missions that I've visited so I wasn't sure what to expect. The location is beautiful, there is plenty of parking, and it's very peaceful and serene. Soon after I arrived I watched the educational video, which was helpful to me, because as an immigrant from Europe, who's spent most of her life on... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
39 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

You don't have to spend a lot of time here but it's worth checking out while strolling the downtown Ventura area.

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Ventura, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is a small peaceful mission. It is entered through a gift shop on Main Street (there is a small admission fee of $2) and there is a small somewhat uninteresting museum. When you exit the museum you are in a very nice garden that has been recently relandscaped with a very nice fountain. The chapel is quite beautiful and... More 

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Wamuran, Queensland, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

An interesting old building and a quiet place to sit in the courtyard and reflect. The information desk was helpful with questions I had and the gift shop was full of religious gifts.

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San Jose, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

this mission is right on the main strip of downtown Ventura. There are so many shops and restaurants just steps away. The mission is small but very well maintained and one of the few that has a warm cozy feeling. The adjacent courtyard is very picturesque too

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Apple Valley, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We have been to several missions, this one is a little small, but the cost to view the site is also small. Worth the couple bucks.

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