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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
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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In the upper end of old missions to visit

Among the old Spanish Missions this one ranks behind Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Santa Inez on my list. Worth a visit if in the area but not as a main attraction.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
David B
Coral Gables, Florida
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Covington, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely small mission. Pretty garden. The church is not ornate but it is historically significant -- just take a look at the hand-hewed beams and woodwork. There is a small box on the wall as you move from the gift shop to the museum for a donation to enter - but there actually is a charge of... More 

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I suspect the Chumash People were doing pretty well before the arrival of the 'missionaries' and to be honest I didn't gain greatly from the experience either. Mission San Buenaventura is situated in one of the oldest and most pleasant parts of 'Downtown' Ventura but doesn't begin to compare with the Santa Barbara and San Juan Capistrano equivalents. A tiny... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Among the old Spanish Missions this one ranks behind Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Santa Inez on my list. Worth a visit if in the area but not as a main attraction.

Thank David B
San Dimas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the top sites to visit when in Ventura. I was surprised at how close the mission building was to the downtown strip--others in San Diego or Santa Barbara are away from the downtown area. You can tell that all the missions were part of a vision, a plan and that their architectural style did not vary much. Every... More 

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San Leandro, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mission San Buenaventura is an historic site that visitors should check out. You walk through their gift shop to purchase and pay just $4.00 adult admission. You then walk through their room of artifacts, like books, Catholic items, vestments, wooden bells, and a small model display of what the site use to look like. Walk through another door and you... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited other missions I was excited to visit this one. On the day we went there was a Quinceañera (sweet 15) happening and a wedding after. The Mission is a little on the small side (compared to the ones I've visited) nonetheless has a lot of history to it. It is amazing how much history California has to offer.... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 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.

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

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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