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The icon of Santa Barbara, Old Mission Santa Barbara is a world-class destination for anyone interested in how Santa Barbara began. From our museum and mausoleum to our gift shop and splendid 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.



Founded by the Franciscan Friar Fermín de Lasuén 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 in the world.


Important Information

Easter is one of the special days to Catholics. As such, Old Mission Santa Barbara will be closed on Easter Sunday April 5, 2015. Masses will still take place on Easter Sunday, otherwise all other areas of the mission will be closed. Please see the parish website for Holy Week mass and event times click here.

Old Mission Santa Barbara will re-open on Monday April 6 at 9:00 A.M.

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

Monday - Sunday

9:00AM to 4:30PM


9:00AM to 4:15PM

(Fall & Winter)

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving,

and Christmas Day

  • Seniors (age 65 & over): $5
  • Adults (age 16 - 64): $7
  • Youth (ages 5 - 15): $2
  • Children (Age 4 & under): Free
  • For additional information regarding pricing and other tour options, please click here.

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.