Mission Dolores

San Francisco de Asís Mission

San Francisco de Asís was founded on October 9, 1776. The mission’s iconic church is the oldest intact building in San Francisco.  Popularly called Mission Dolores, the chapel contains some of the most sophisticated religious art in the mission chain. The cemetery is a well-landscaped oasis in the middle of a busy city.

Facts About This Mission

General Information

San Francisco de Asís

Founded:
October 9, 1776
Also Called:
Mission Dolores
Current Status:
The old mission chapel is part of the Basilica Parish of Mission Dolores. The basilica, which towers over the original mission, was dedicated in 1918. Basilica status was granted in 1952.
Summary:
San Francisco de Asís was founded on October 9, 1776. The mission’s iconic church is the oldest intact building in San Francisco.  Popularly called Mission Dolores, the chapel contains some of the most sophisticated religious art in the mission chain. The cemetery is a well-landscaped oasis in the middle of a busy city.

Visitor Information

Address

3321 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
United States

Get Directions
Phone

415-621-8203

Hours
Fees
  • Adults: $5.00
Tours

The mission consists of the church and a small museum/gift shop, and the adjacent cemetery. While you can “see” everything on your own, group tours go into the fascinating history of the mission and its Ohlone neophytes. 

Church Services

Mission Dolores Interior Church Services are held a both the Old Mission and the Basilica.

Saturday:

  • 9:00 a.m. Old Mission (English)
  • 5:00 p.m. - Vigil Mass, Old Mission (English)

Sunday: 

  • 8:00 a.m. - Basilica (English)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Basilica (English)
  • 12:00 p.m. - Basilica (Español) 

Monday - Friday:

  • 7:30 a.m. - Old Mission (English)
  • 9:00 a.m. - Old Mission (English)
Weddings and Other Special Services

Held on Saturdays at both the Basilica (11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.) and at Mission Dolores at 6:30 p.m. For details call the Parish Office.

 

Unique Attractions

San Francisco de Asis Front The mission church, dedicated in 1791, is the oldest intact building in San Francisco. Unique, well preserved, and charming. 

Statues to left of altar The art at this mission is among the most sophisticated in the mission chain. 

Model of Mission Dolores The mission cemetery, although much reduced in size from the mission era, offers a quiet oasis in this bustling city. The old gravestones tell the story of the city.  

The mass grave of the Mission Indians buried here is called the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine.

The Curator and Assistant Curator of this mission are Ohlone descendants and go out of their way to help visitors. 

Tips for Visitors

The art and artifacts in San Francisco de Asís are well labeled. Take time to enjoy the statuary and richly gilded baroque altar.

Details on San Fransisco de Asis Bells Pay attention to the bells which hang on rawhide thongs above the entrance way. These are all originals. 

Serra StatueOne of the best statues of the founder of the California Missions, Junípero Serra, stands in the mission cemetery. Arthur Putnam sculpted this statue in 1918. 

Other Historic Sites

Mission San Fransisco de Asis before 1935San Francisco has an almost infinite number of things to see and do and a rich history. If you are touring the city consider the de Young Museum, which has a fascinating oil painting of the mission by Oriana Weatherbee Day referred to as the “Judas Day Drawing.” 

For those who want to focus on the mission era, there are five other missions that can be seen in a couple days with an early start (San Rafael and Mission Sonoma, and the missions of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Jose). 

Additional Information
  • Surhone, L.M., Tennoe, M.T., & Henssonow, S.F. San Francisco De Asis Mission Church. (Print-on-demand of a classic)
  • Boule, M.N. (1988). The Missions: Mission San Francisco De Asís (California Heritage Series).
  • Engelhardt, Z. (1924). San Francisco or Mission Dolores. (The definitive early history of the mission)

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