Experience

Old Mission

Santa Barbara Tours

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There’s no better way to experience the history and grandeur of Old Mission Santa Barbara than with a self-guided or docent-led tour. Situated on 13 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Mission grounds include the beautiful Mission church, Historic Cemetery and Mausoleum, a nine-room museum of historical artwork and artifacts, and multiple lush gardens, including La Huerta Historical Garden, which features authentic and ancient Mission-era plants and trees.

We warmly welcome you to this special place, and hope you will enjoy your visit to the Queen of the Missions!

Highlights

Magnificent architecture of the church façade and convento

Breathtaking Mission church with its colonial-era art and sculptures (subject to closure during services)

Nine-room museum of art and artifacts, including:

  • Chumash Room featuring Native American artifacts, along with traditional crafts and tools
  • Re-creation of a 17th century kitchen with original 1790’s adobe wall and 1805 front stone wall
  • Padre’s bedroom with chess set, Bishop’s glasses, staff and desk set
  • Trades room with agricultural, blacksmithing, and weaving tools, as well as historical mission-era photos
  • Treasures room with the beautiful original Chumash altar

Historic Cemetery and Mausoleum: contains the remains of Native Americans, early settlers, and the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island (buried behind the church tower)

Lush, beautiful La Huerta Historical Garden: features plantings that are representative of the Mission era (1769-1836), including Sonoran wheat, olives, grapes, citrus trees, bananas, sugar cane, pomegranates, peaches, guava and prickly pear. (Tours of La Huerta Garden are available by advance reservation only)

Self-Guided Tour

(7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)

Individual Rates

Adults (18-64) $8.00
Seniors (65+) $6.00
Active Military (w/ID): $6.00
Youth (5-17) $3.00
Children (0-4) FREE

Group Rates (20+)

Adults (18-64) $7.00
Seniors (65+) $6.00
Active Military (w/ID): $6.00
Youth (5-17) $2.00
Children (0-4) FREE

(Reservations are required for parties larger than 20 to receive Group Rates)

This tour is perfect for those who would like to visit at their own pace. Tour includes the Sacred Garden, Historic Cemetery, Mission Church and Museum.

Docent Guided Public Tour – 60 min

(No reservation required; first come first served)

Individual Rates

Adults (18-64) $12.00
Seniors (65+) $10.00
Active Military (with ID)
$10.00
Youth (5-17) $7.00
Children (0-4) FREE

(Maximum of 20 people per tour)

No one knows Old Mission Santa Barbara better than our friendly, knowledgeable and highly trained docents! Make the most of your visit with an entertaining and highly educational tour that provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Old Mission, the Mission system, Franciscan Friars and Alta, California! Tour includes the Sacred Garden, Historic Cemetery, Mission Church and Museum.

Every Thursday and Friday at 11:00 a.m. (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (except Christmas)

Docent Guided Private Tour – 60 min

(10 person min; 2 week advance reservation req)

Individual Rates

Adults (18-64) $12.00
Seniors (65+) $10.00
Active Military (w/ID): $10.00
Youth (5-17) $7.00
Children (0-4) FREE

Group Rates (20+)

Adults (18-64) $11.00
Seniors (65+) $10.00
Active Military (w/ID): $10.00
Youth (5-17) $6.00
Children (0-4) FREE

(Maximum of 60 people per tour)

Traveling in a group with your family and friends? Make the most of your visit with a private tour led by one of our knowledgeable docents. You’ll enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Old Mission, the Mission system, Franciscan friars and Alta, California! Tour includes the Sacred Garden, Historic Cemetery, Mission Church and Museum.

Docent Guided Tour + Huerta Garden                       90 min

Individual Rates

Adults (18-64) $14.00
Seniors (65+) $12.00
Active Military (w/ID): $12.00
Youth (5-17) $9.00
Children (0-4) FREE

Group Rates (20+)

Adults (18-64) $13.00
Seniors (65+) $12.00
Active Military (w/ID): $12.00
Youth (5-17) $8.00
Children (0-4) FREE

(Maximum of 80 people per tour)

The ultimate tour for those who want to see it all! This tour provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, the Mission system, Franciscan friars and Alta, California. Includes the Sacred Garden, Historic Cemetery, Mission Church, nine-room Museum of historic artifacts and interpretive displays, and a special visit to our lush Historic La Huerta Garden, which features a collection of heirloom and historic plants that once grew during the Mission era. Our most comprehensive tour!

Mission Treasures Tour 90 min

Individual Rates

Adults, Seniors, and Youth (12-17) $20.00

No children under 12

(Maximum of 20 people per tour)

Learn about some of Old Mission Santa Barbara’s most precious treasures, magnificent architecture and beautiful, historical works of art in areas not normally open to the public, including our best kept secret – the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library! Tour includes the church façade, Old Baptistry/Blessed Sacrament Chapel, church sculptures and paintings, Della Robbia glazed terracotta tableau, and Archive-Library treasures, such as original Edwin Deakin Mission paintings, 1787 translation of the works of Vitruvius, 1774 Franciscan Antiphonarium , and a selection of historical photos, sculptures and paintings.

Art & Architecture Tour 60 min

Individual Rates

Adults (18-64) $12.00
Seniors (65+) $10.00
Active Military (w/ID): $10.00
Youth (5-17) $7.00
Children (0-4) FREE

Group Rates (20+)

Adults (18-64) $11.00
Seniors (65+) $10.00
Active Military (w/ID): $10.00
Youth (5-17) $6.00
Children (0-4) FREE

(Maximum of 60 people per tour)

If you’re an art buff, you’ll love this engaging tour that focuses on the beautiful works of art and magnificent architecture at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Tour includes the church and façade, baptismal font, church artwork (including Stations of the Cross paintings), statues and Crucifix, and an in-depth look at the artifacts and interpretive displays in our nine-room museum.

School Tours (Kindergarten through 12th Grade)

Self-Guided
School Tour Rates

Chaperones $5.00
Students $1.00
Teachers (1 per class) FREE

(Maximum of 60 people per tour, including chaperones)

Docent-Guided Regular
School Tour Rates (1 hour)

Chaperones $6.00
Students $3.00
Teachers (1 per class) FREE

(Maximum of 60 people per tour, including chaperones)

Docent-Guided Regular
School Tour + Huerta Combined (90 minutes)

Chaperones $8.00
Students $5.00
Teachers (1 per class) FREE

(Maximum of 80 people per tour, including chaperones)

Tour Cancellation/Reschedule Policy

If you need to cancel or reschedule your tour, you must notify us at least 7 business days prior to the scheduled date of the tour, or you will be charged. Exceptions may be made for cancellations due to severe weather conditions.
Please contact the Tours Department seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (805)682-4713, ext. 166.