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Mission San Luis Rey at Oceanside, California

Mission San Luis Rey

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4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, California 92054
Category: Attractions
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Mission San Luis Rey

The coast of California is lined with old Spanish missions, but none are so grand as the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. A historic landmark that was founded in 1798, this Mission is the largest in the state and is home to a community of Franciscan Friars. The interpretive museum tells the story of California through art and architecture. Explore the inner gardens and take part in the weekend services held at this active church.


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For more information, visit http://www.sanluisrey.org/Museum/Tour-Info


  • Take a self-guided tour of the museum
  • Attend Sunday mass in the church
  • Find a religious souvenir in the gift shop
  • Make a wish in the well of the inner gardens
  • Observe architecture that tells the story
    of California


Besides the informative museum, at the Mission San Luis Rey you can attend a public service, visit the cemetery and gardens, browse the gift shop and sign up to attend special events like retreats, garden galas and conferences.


The church at the Mission is usually open to the public for regular services. The church is currently undergoing a retrofit to protect against earthquakes, and is closed to the public from Monday through Thursday. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the church is open to the public and you can attend services at Sunday mass.


Is photography allowed at Mission San Luis Rey?

Photography is allowed on the grounds outside the Mission (flash okay) and inside the Church (no flash). Photography is not allowed in the museum or in the inner gardens of the Mission.

Is there food available?

As with most churches and cemeteries, you won’t find any concessions at Mission San Luis Rey. Eat before or after, bring a granola bar or plan ahead and have a picnic on the lovely outside grounds.

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