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The icon of Santa Barbara, Old Mission Santa Barbara is the place to start for anyone interested in how Santa Barbara began. From our museum and mausoleum to our gift shop and our historically beautiful mission church, Old Mission Santa Barbara has something to offer everyone. For more information on what you can do while visiting us, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page and we will be more than happy to help you plan your visit.



Founded by the Franciscan Friar  Fr. Fermín de Lasuén, OFM on the Feast of St. Barbara, December 4th, 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara, also known as the Queen of the Missions, has a history unlike any other landmark. We invite you to learn about its rich and diverse history, enjoy its beautiful gardens and surroundings, and discover what makes this mission one of the most unique and interesting destinations to visit.


Important Information

Memorial Day Weekend is a busy time at the Mission because, I Madonnari is here! Artist and young people will create 150 colorful, large-scale paintings using chalk on pavement - May 23-25, and then displayed for weeks afterwards. This fundraising event benefits the Children's Creative Project which provides arts education programs in the schools. It is an event that happens only once a year, there will be beautiful art, plenty of great Italian food, a stage with live music, an area setup just for children to express their artistic side, and of course lots of people. This is the 29th year that I Madonnari has been hosted by Old Mission Santa Barbara, and we would encourage you to come and experience this major event in Santa Barbara and in the process support a lot of children. For more information:

2201 Laguna Street

Santa Barbara, CA  93105

  1. Take US-101 to Mission Street exit in Santa Barbara
  2. On Mission Street, turn:
    • Left if southbound
    • Right if northbound
  3. Follow Mission St. for 0.9 mi
  4. Turn left on Laguna Street

For maps of the public transit system that can get you to the Mission, please click the link below.

MTD Bus Route to the Mission

Old Mission Santa Barbara is


Opening at: 9:00AM

Closing at: 5:00PM

(Tours sales end at 4:15PM)


OMSB is Closed

Easter Sunday

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day

The Serra Shop has been providing tourists and locals with souvenirs and other Mission-related items for more than 60 years.  From jewelry, books, and clothing to sundry religious and spiritual items, the Serra Shop has it all for you.  Our friendly and courteous staff is always available to answer your questions and provide you what you are looking for.




Adults (age 16 - 64): $7

Seniors (65 & over): $5

Active Military & Family w/id: $5

Student w/id: $5

Youth (ages 5 - 15): $2

Children (Age 4 & under): Free