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Mission San Buenaventura

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Address: 225 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2622
Phone Number: 805 643 4318
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Beautiful working mission

In the center of Ventura, it is a working mission with services, a small museum and pretty grounds. Historic and worth a stop. Entry fee was $3. for Seniors. I got to watch a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In the center of Ventura, it is a working mission with services, a small museum and pretty grounds. Historic and worth a stop. Entry fee was $3. for Seniors. I got to watch a quincenara in the sanctuary which was interesting.

Thank msk60750
Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a special mission, in that the gardens and courtyard here are one of a kind. The mission itself is in excellent condition and has been beautifully restored. This was our first of 10 missions that we visited on the El Camino Real (the road of the missions). The courtyard of the mission had an interesting olive press, an... More 

1 Thank Oceandweller7
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the smaller missions, it only took about 30 minutes to see everything but of course, you can sit and enjoy for as long as you'd like. It's only $4 for adults which is reasonable. I thought it was a beautiful & peaceful oasis in the middle of downtown Ventura.

Thank Claudia R
Santa Rosa, California
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our youngest just studied about all the California Missions, so it was nice to be able to stop here for Mass. The chapel is ornate and interesting to look at. The garden area is serene and typical for a mission.

Thank LauraD68
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I brought my family to this mission as an example of what a California mission should be. We had to pay for parking on the street (About $1.00 an hour) and we paid $11.00 for the family to get in. The museum is the first stop, and it was interesting, although it certainly should be upgraded. Then we went to... More 

Thank mrliterature
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great piece of history and enjoyable to see and check out. The mission chapel is very ornate and interesting. You don't have to be religious to enjoy this gem.

Thank Kyle U
Camarillo, CA
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's a small mission but docents are very helpful, friendly and informative. I took my mom and she enjoyed it very much.

Thank CrazyTravelinFool
Mission Viejo, California
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

I agree with previous reviews that the entrance fee is a bit overpriced for the experience. But we didn't mind much since we figured the fee went toward preservation of the mission. This place is small compared to other CA missions and we were done our visit within 30 minutes. The gift shop could use an update. The grounds are... More 

Thank Scorp1970
Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

As a native of Ventura, I am partial. Fr. Serra considered this his favorite Mission; it was the last that he personally founded. [He had wanted to found it earlier - and make it the headquarters for all the Missions - but the military overruled it. Nice gardens - it is not as busy as some of the other Missions.... More 

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La Crescenta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Just a short car ride from LA and you can travel back in time to see a wonderful mission. A small museum, a lovely garden, and the church inside is a sight to behold.

Thank Karyn B

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