Mission San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Mission

San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded on September 1, 1772.  The mission church was built in 1792-1794. The former convento (now a museum)  has a distinctive front colonnade. The museum has a special room that focuses on the Chumash Indians. A large modern plaza in front of Mission San Luis Obispo is a popular site for community events.

Facts About This Mission

General Information

San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Founded:
September 1, 1772
Also Called:
Mission San Luis Obispo
Current Status:
Central parish church for the city of San Luis Obispo.
Summary:
San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded on September 1, 1772.  The mission church was built in 1792-1794. The former convento (now a museum)  has a distinctive front colonnade. The museum has a special room that focuses on the Chumash Indians. A large modern plaza in front of Mission San Luis Obispo is a popular site for community events.

Visitor Information

Address

751 Palm St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
United States

Get Directions
Phone
  • 805-543-6850 (Mission/gift shop)
  • 805-781-8220 (Parish/rectory)
Hours
Fees
  • Donation appreciated - no fee required.
Tours

Self-guided tours work well at this mission.

Church Services

San Luis Obispo All services are held in the Parish Church. 

Saturday:

  • 7:00 a.m. 
  • 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass

Sunday: 

  • 7:00 a.m. (English)
  • 9:00 a.m. (English)
  • 11:00 a.m. (English)
  • 12:30 p.m. (Español)
  • 6:00 p.m. (English)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Español)

Monday - Friday:

  • 7:00 a.m. 
  • 12:10 p.m.
Weddings and Other Special Services

Weddings are normally held on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Non- parishioners are invited to hold a Catholic wedding in the mission church but must provide their own priest. For questions, call the Parish Office at 805-781-8220.

Special Events

Special Parish events are noted on the mission website, which is primarily devoted to Parish programs and activities. 

Mission Plaza, a large city square built just below the mission and dedicated in 1970, is a popular site for outdoor events. If you are planning a visit to this mission check one of the many City Event Sites to see if anything is scheduled. One such site is http://visitslo.com/things-to-do/

Unique Attractions

The former convento of the mission, to the left of the mission church, has a distinctive look. It has a colonnade of eleven round columns set on square pedestals. It now houses a museum and gift shop. 

San Luis Obispo Bear Statue he inviting Mission Square (a city facility) has a statue of a grizzly bear on which kids love to climb. With the mission in the background, this makes a great photograph. The picturesque area in which San Luis Obispo is located was called “La Cañada de los Osos” (valley of the bears) by the Spanish.

Indian WomenThe mission museum is extensive and has an excellent collection of Chumash artifacts and wall drawings of Indian life. 

There is a beautiful garden at the back of the mission.

Tips for Visitors

Allow several hours to explore the mission, its distinctive museum, the mission garden, and Mission Plaza.

View from across Mission Creek When you explore the Mission Plaza area, be sure to go beyond the central square to where a small stream runs thru the area. This is one of the best vantage points for a picture of the mission complex. 

Looking on plaza activites from Serra Statue There is a statue of Junípero Serra, the mission’s founder, to the right of the church. This elevated location offers a good view of the plaza, which can often be quite crowded.  

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