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Mission San Buenaventura

225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
805 643 4318
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Dallas, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A must visit If you would like to find out the history of Ventura I really enjoyed my afternoon tour of the Mission San Buenaventura.

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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172 reviews 172 reviews
36 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Whilst staying in Ventura for a weekend I decided to get a bit of the local history and so walked down Main Street to the 'Mission San Buenaventura'. Entry into the Mission is via the gift shop and entrance costs US$4.00 for an Adult and US$1.00 for a Child. Opening times are Mon-Fri 10am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm... More

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Ontario, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Parking can be hard to find on the street. There is some parking available behind the mission. Just be sure to pay for entry onto the grounds at the gift shop. Lovely grounds, beautiful architecture and interesting museum.

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Peoria Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

There was a small fee but we loved being there. A wonderful preserved piece of history. The ground were very peaceful and the museum interesting. I had never seen an old wooden bell before.

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Fresno, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I make it a habit to stop by any local missions during my travels throughout CA. I was very pleased that I was able to visit Mission San Buenaventura. I was able to visit the mission grounds and step inside the mission itself. I read up on the mission before hand and was able to visualize what life may have... More

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Indio, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have been to the mission many times as I have visited since I was a kid. It is always beautiful and peaceful. The grounds are well maintained, and the gift shop is very nice. It is a great addition to your visit to Ventura and Main Street.

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Oxnard, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

A great place to visit for the history of the local area.The gardens are beautiful and the Church and Museum are full of history.

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Top Contributor
177 reviews 177 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Downtown Ventura is a wonderful place, and just at the northern end is the mission. It's not complete, as so few of the active parish-missions are, but one can capture a sense for what a mission was all about. The mission is clean and beautiful. I've been several times and I'd happily go again. The walking tour stops don't take... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is a beautiful mission. It was founded in 1782 and is the last mission founded by Fr. Junipero Serra. It is on main street in Ventura, near the edge of town. There is a small gift shop you enter in to tour the mission. Lots of nice things to purchase including candles, crosses, etc. As you enter the mission... More

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San Diego, California
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197 reviews 197 reviews
92 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Very beautiful mission located on Main street. It is downtown so parking maybe a problem but you can park once and go to mass here, walk around the small garden, then walk along Main street to window shop and have lunch. This is a working church also so it can busy on Sundays with everyone going to mass. I attended... More

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