Mission Ventura was the ninth one built in California, founded March 31, 1782 by Father Junipero Serra. The name Mission Sam Buenaventura is in honor of Saint Bonaventure.
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Interesting Facts about Mission Ventura
Mission San Buenaventura was the sixth and last mission personally dedicated by Father Serra.
Mission San Buenaventura was never destroyed.
Mission Ventura Timeline
1782 - Father Serra founds Mission San Buenaventura
1793 - Explorer George Vancouver visits
1816 - 1,328 Indian neophytes
1834 - Mission San Buenaventura secularized
1862 - Returned to Catholic Church
1857 - Church "modernized"
1957 - Church restored to original
Where Is Mission San Buenaventura Located?
Mission San Buenaventura
211 E. Main Street
Mission Website and current hours
Mission San Buenaventura is located on Main Street in downtown Ventura, north of Los Angeles. From US 101 south, take the Ventura Avenue exit. Turn right on E. Main Street. From US 101 North, take the California exit. Turn right onto California Avenue, and then left onto E. Main Street.
Parking is available on Main Street in front of Mission San Buenaventura, or turn left onto Palm and left again into the parking lot area next door.