Mission San Buenaventura was founded 31 March 1782 (9th in order) by Saint Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint Bonaventure. The Indian name was Miscanaga. The present church is restored and includes a museum. An Asistencia was established in Santa Paula and a cross placed on a hill over the Mission Church to serve as a guide for travelers.
The mission is at 225 E. Main Street in Ventura. Southbound on U.S. 101 take the Main Street exit just before entering Ventura (keep to the right along the coast and you can’t miss it). Northbound on 101 exit at California Street, go North (right turn) a couple of blocks to Main Street, then left on Main to the Mission (California Landmark 310). There is metered parking on the street in front of the Mission and free street parking about a block away toward the county museum.
- Open: Daily 10am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday 10am-4pm. Closed holidays. [Note: MissionTour tries to keep this information up to date but cannot guarantee its accuracy as this is not the official Mission website. If planning a drive to the Mission please contact them directly to get the latest information in order to avoid disappointment.]
- Mail: 211 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001-2622 (you have to enter through the Gift Shop/Museum at 225 E. Main St).
- Phone: (805) 643-4318
- Web Site: http://www.sanbuenaventuramission.org/
- Mass Schedule: Please see the Mission website for the most current information.