San Jose

San José Mission

San José was founded on June 11, 1797. This successful, prosperous mission was destroyed in an earthquake in 1869. The Mission San Jose church was carefully restored between 1982-1985 and is considered one of the most authentic mission structures in California. There is a gift shop and museum in the former padre’s quarters.

Facts About This Mission

General Information

San José

Founded:
June 11, 1797
Also Called:
The Mission of the Most Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph
Current Status:
An active church that is part of Saint Joseph's Parish.
Summary:
San José was founded on June 11, 1797. This successful, prosperous mission was destroyed in an earthquake in 1869. The Mission San Jose church was carefully restored between 1982-1985 and is considered one of the most authentic mission structures in California. There is a gift shop and museum in the former padre’s quarters.

Visitor Information

Address

43300 Mission Blvd
Fremont, CA 94539
United States

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Phone
  • 510-657-1797
Hours
Fees
  • Adults: $3.00
  • Students: $2.00
Tours

Primarily self-guided. 

Tours for school children can be scheduled by calling 510-657-1797, x100. Chaperones (1 adult for every 5 children) required.

A docent-led tour is available for all on the second Sunday of each month. It begins at 1:00 p.m. and costs $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children. Reservations required. Call 510-657-1797, extension 100.

Note: flash photography is not permitted in the church or the museum.

Church Services

Monday-Friday:

  • 8:00 a.m.
Records

The mission maintains records of Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Marriages, and Deaths and will research an ancestor or relative for a modest fee. Requests have to be submitted in writing to Old Mission San José, (Attention Dolores) P.O. Box 3159, Fremont, CA 94539 Attention.

Weddings and Other Special Services

Weddings information is available from Saint Joseph’s Parish at 510-656-2364.

Special Events

Las Posadas, a ceremonial celebration of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, has been held every year in mid-December since 1982. This event is co-sponsored by the Committee for Restoration of the Mission San José and Fremont Cultural Arts Council. For more information, call 510-657-1797, x103 or 510-794-7166.

Concerts (primarily Chamber Music) are held five or six times a year. 

Unique Attractions

San José Church San José has an authentic and well-restored mission church (rebuilt in 1982). It’s truncated tower holds four bells.

Baptism Ceremony San JoséThe church is a popular location for weddings and baptisms. 

San José padre quarters with flags The restored padre’s quarters now contain a gift shop and museum. 

Ohlone Artifacts The museum has an interesting collection of maps, artifacts, and displays. 

Tips for Visitors

This mission was extensively researched before its very authentic restoration.  Photograph it from across the street and on the side, where the giant buttresses that support the church walls are prominently visible.

Serra Statue There is a well-sited statue of Junípero Serra on the mission ground. This is one of the statues sculpted by Dale Smith and placed all over California by the William H. Hannon Foundation. 

Other Historic Attractions

With an early start it possible to visit and explore Missions San Jose, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz in one full day.

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