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“a So Cal treasure”

Mission San Fernando
Ranked #110 of 577 things to do in Los Angeles
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Owner description: Located about ten miles from Los Angeles, this historic mission was founded in the late 1790s and contains an interesting museum amid pretty gardens.
Reviewed November 7, 2012

I love historic sites and this one delivered. Very low key and made me feel like it was 200 years ago.

1  Thank Linda C
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We were staying in Burbank and didn't want to have to drive a couple of hours to see a "California Mission". So, we chose San Fernando as it was only a 15 minute drive from our hotel. It gave us a feel for what a California Mission is, as well as was close by to a cemetery with several celebrity graves. The Mission itself has a beautifully be-fitting memorial park in the back to Bob Hope -- it's also where he is buried.

1  Thank vakayplannerPa
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Southern California and LA have a rich history that is intertwined with the Spanish exploration of America and the Mission system. San Fernando is one of the better re-made facilities that gives a great peak into life in LA in the 1800's

2  Thank Chris B
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

God has blessed California with many beautiful sights and the missions are part of that great history. Do see this with your children so that they know that California was not always full of freeways, skyscrapers and condominiums. The beautiful grounds are lush and comforting, the self guided tour takes you through the buildings many rooms which have very thick adobe walls and are very cool even in the middle of the day. Many good California History displays, beautiful old religious art pieces, and complete rooms set up to show the living situations of the padres and the native Americans. Bob Hope and his wife are buried there in a spectacular memorial garden, not far from the church. You could spend and hour or three here and really enlighten yourself as to how far back our southern California civilization goes.

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Reviewed April 29, 2012

We were in the neighborhood while visiting LA so we made a quick stop here not knowing anything about it in advance. It was so peaceful, I think we were the only visitors there at the time. I had no idea that Bob Hope had a private cemetery in the back with about an acre of beautiful gardens. His grave was a bit over the top (especially after seeing other huge stars' extremely bland graves later on that trip such as Marilyn Monroe's) But it is nice that his estate pays to maintain such a nice garden.

There was a museum with maps, photographs, historical costumes, etc which was interesting. There was also a church you had to walk thru to get to the gardens. It was painted with trompe l'oiel effects I will share a photo of.

You must enter through a huge gift shop with many religious items. It is not my thing but everything looked very high quality and special.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure filmed their Alamo scenes here :-)

1  Thank Kara S
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