MISSION SAN LUIS REY celebrates its 225th Anniversary in 2023!
The whole year will be full of exciting events and activities – some new; some old favorites! Click here for more information and how you can be a part of Mission history by attending, sponsoring, or volunteering at events throughout the year.
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.
Old Mission San Luis Rey’s museum collection includes artifacts from Native American, Spanish, Mission, Mexican Secularization and American Military periods.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
REMEMBER A LOVED ONE WITH A POINSETTIA
Donations of poinsettias are being accepted to spread Christmas warmth to others. With your help, we will fill the cemetery with beautiful poinsettias. Click here for more information and to make your donation.
Visit Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
10am – 4pm, every day
Gift Shop Hours:
10am - 5pm every day
Historic Church Hours:
8am - 4pm, every day
Coffee Shop Hours:
9am - 3pm, Monday - Saturday
8am - 3pm, Sunday
(Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA