A Spanish mission founded in 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara provides an insight into the colonization of southern California. Franciscan friars created the mission so they could convert the indigenous Chumash tribe to Catholicism. Embark on self-guided tour through the sacred garden, historical cemetery, church, and museum, or take one of the docent-led tours. Don't miss the fountain, aqueduct, and lavandaria in the Mission's front yard, all original fixtures built by the Chumash. The museum is home to a Chumash prayer board, the first written Chumash ever attempted. Our Santa Barbara day trip planner makes visiting Old Mission Santa Barbara and other Santa Barbara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Old Mission Santa Barbara Reviews
Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Didn't go inside but the outside was interesting. Nice area outside for picnincs. more »
If you like mission visits, you already know the drill. Lots of history, a church, interesting artifacts. If you have not visited a mission, this is a good one to start with. more »
Coming to the Mission is a must when you enter Santa Barbara. Right behind it is the ancient building where the monks actually studied and has a lot of history. It is now St. Anthony College Academy. The Mission itself still holds Mass on Sunday and visiting the gift shop is a must. I picked up a great souvenir. There is one garden open perpetually and the other one only on Wednesday. I was there for two hours!
Beautiful Mission, Church was closed when we visited. Public restrooms and water fountain. Nice big grassy are across from Mission. Great for picnics or any other outdoor activities.
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