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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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Father Serra's favorite Mission

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
DuckyDrake
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Ventura, California
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Mission Viejo, California
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58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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Ventura, California
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Thank Karyn B
Oxnard, California
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a tiny little mission filled with many memories and stories from our past . Educational as well as spiritual.

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Thank Patti B
Florida, USA
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120 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I found this small mission to be the favorite of the ones we've toured. It's so beautiful from the outside and the courtyard gardens are absolutely gorgeous! You pay a small entrance fee, go through the gift shop, climb 1 flight of stairs, and enter the 1 room museum filled with very old books, drawings, silver and... More 

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Thank JoAnne M
Phelan, California
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For religious and not so religious, this mission has a unique collection of ancient relics that will impress. It features a relic of the cross of Christ, and from St Joseph, and at least 10 other saints. A true find is this mission! The gift shop is also a great resource for all things Catholic. Weekends are free for the... More 

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Thank Laura L
New Mexico
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very informative though self-guided tour. The path is well marked and information signs are plentiful.

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Thank Chris M
Edmond, Oklahoma
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Stopped in mid day , so glad I did. This mission fell into disrepair in the in 70s. It is one of the most charming areas in Ventura to visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I'm an atheist but I love old churches. The serenity, the history. This one is different than most Mission churches in that is still active. It is rather small yet it reminds me of the early Christian churches from the 5th and 6th century in Italy, both in terms of layout and how it feels. The courtyard is small, and... More 

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Wheatland, California
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314 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

My husband and I have been living in California for almost three years now and had not visited any of the missions yet. While in Ventura for the Mountains to Beach Marathon, we did a little sightseeing. One place I wanted to visit was this Mission. To access the tour, you must check in at the counter in the gift... More 

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