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Mission San Luis Rey Museum Admission

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Oceanside, United States

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While in San Diego, visit the Mission San Luis Rey, a National Historic Landmark founded in 1798. Your entrance ticket includes several parts of the mission property, and a self-guided tour of the museum.
  • Admission to Mission San Luis Rey, near San Diego
  • Take a self-guided tour of one of California's largest historic Spanish missions
  • Gain access to the mission, the grounds, and the museum
  • View Native American, Spanish, and Mexican artifacts
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Self-guided tour
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Food and drinks

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4/14/2021 - 10/27/2022
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Mission San Luis Rey is among the largest of California's 21 Spanish missions, and it shows the significance of Spanish influence in the state's history.

Browse the museum at your own pace and see informative displays of Native American, Mexican, and Spanish artifacts. The mission is known for its sunken gardens, and archaeological and architectural features such as a wooden dome and cupola. It was once referred to as 'king of the missions.'

In the present day, the mission is both a retreat center, a home for Franciscan friars and has an active church with daily Mass at noon.
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Mission San Luis Rey
Discover a fascinating chapter in California history during a visit to Mission San Luis Rey, located just north of the San Diego downtown. This admission, valid daily between 10am and 4:30pm, includes access to the on-site museum, mission grounds, and a self-guided tour, during which you can explore the National Historic Landmark at your own pace. Founded in 1798, Mission San Luis Rey was once known as “King of the Missions.” Among the largest and most prominent of the 21 Spanish missions located across California, it’s famous for its sprawling lavanderia archaeological site, as well as its sunken gardens, wooden dome and cupola, and other unique architectural features. In the museum, discover Native American, Spanish, and Mexican artifacts, and learn about the history of Spanish influence in California. Today, the mission doubles as a home to Franciscan friars and is a functioning retreat center; its church celebrates daily Mass at noon, which visitors are also welcome to attend.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Some of the sites have uneven surfaces, which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using wheelchairs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
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This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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    Fulltime RVer
    , Feb 2020
    Viator made it very simple to purchase a ticket in advance. The Mission is piece of artestry restored from the splendor of the 1700's. So much history but also sadness in the evolution of abandonment and disrepair after the Spanish American War. This is a must see if you are visiting the area. It is definitely a place of reflection.
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