“Guided by the Holy Spirit”
Guided by the Holy Spirit, Mission San Buenaventura is a parish rich in Catholic heritage called to "go forward" in worship to spread God's Word through compassionate service. Founded in 1782, the San Buenaventura Mission is the 9th and last mission founded by blessed Junipero Serra. Named after St. Bonaventure it is known as the "Mission by the sea". The Old Mission welcomes visitors from sunrise until sunset. Known for its beautiful gardens and faithfully restored artifacts the mission is a always an experience to visit. Tours available daily.
Did you know that San Buenaventura was named after Saint Bonaventure? It’s a title given to the 9th California Spanish mission established here in 1782, and remains one of the highlight attractions in Ventura.
Feel the Spanish charm of the mission while admiring its architecture, before stepping inside for a self-guided tour. When this active church is not in session, walk around the inside to admire the religious art depicting Bible stories.
Exhibitions inside the mission museum reveal stories about the site through its artifact collection, and you can have a piece of history to take home with items in the gift shop.
We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Ventura!
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Mission San Buenaventura
- Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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