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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa & Mission San Miguel

The 5th mission in California, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa opened its doors in 1772. Named after Saint Louis of Anjou, the Mission is unique in that it's the only L-shaped mission church among the 21 California missions. Founded in 1797, Mission San Miguel, which is the 16th mission, has never been repainted and is in pristine condition. The Mission has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A wide array of events, such as baptisms, weddings, Quinceañeras, communions and confirmations are handled year-round by both missions.


Hours - Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Mission San Miguel: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


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Free for all visitors. Though no tours are offered, guests are welcome to explore the grounds.


  • Lenten Movie Night
  • Advanced Vocal Ensemble & Concert
  • Men's Cursillo


  • Church
  • Gift shop
  • Museum


  • Do the Missions still hold mass?

    Yes, mass is still held at both Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Mission San Miguel. Many patrons attend as each setting provides a unique experience for celebration and prayer. Masses are presented in both English and Spanish. Check each mission's website for current days and times.
  • Are there museums at the Missions?

    The two missions both offer fascinating museums that are open every day of the year and highlight the history and culture of the California missions. Gift shops can also be found, where visitors can browse for unique souvenirs, memorabilia and books detailing each mission's rich and vital history. 

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