The largest of all the 21 California missions, Mission San Luis Rey is home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open daily to the public in the Franciscan tradition of heritage and hospitality. In addition to an interpretive Museum, our facilities include: a Retreat Center with day and overnight programs for spiritual renewal and multi-function meeting spaces; a Cemetery open to all people; Mission Gift Shop; and the Historic Church.
Founded in 1798 by Padre Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, successor to Padre Junipero Serra, Mission San Luis Rey was named after St. Louis IX, King of France, who lived during the 13th century. The history of the San Luis Rey area reflects five periods of occupation: Luiseño Indian, Spanish Mission, Mexican Secularization, American Military, and Twentieth Century Restoration.
Visit Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
Museum and Gift Shop Hours:
10 am – 5 pm, every day
Last self-guided tour begins at 4:30 pm
Historic Church Hours:
8am - 4pm, every day
Coffee Shop Hours:
9am - 3pm, everyday
(Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA