East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001-2622
Mon - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Major Holidays
for the Museum and a self-guided tour is $1.00 for adults
and 50 cents for children.
Originally planned to be
the third mission in the California chain, San Buenaventura's founding was
postponed for 12 years due to problems at other missions.
Once established on
Easter Sunday, March 31, 1782, the mission became the
ninth mission founded and was reputed to be Father
Junipero Serra's favorite mission.
In June of 1836 it was
secularized and essentially pillaged, sold and its lands
given away to local farmers. It was returned to the
church in 1862. It was "modernized" and then
"restored" in 1957. Parts were burned in
fires and other parts were toppled by earthquakes.
Nearby Albinger Archaeological Museum even shows the
original foundation of the very first rendition of the
It was truly the tenacity
and dedication of Ventura residents over the last 200
years, who have rebuilt and restored this wonderful
building, that have allowed it to be standing today to
remind us of its amazing past.
From the 101 take the California Street off-ramp. At
the top of the ramp go straight to Main Street. Turn
left. The museum is four blocks and on the left.
From the 101 take the Main Street exit. At the
bottom of the ramp turn right and stay on Main Street
until you reach the Museum on your right.