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Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
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The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park sits atop Mission Hill offering a patio, gardens, and excellent views of the city. The park features the only building left of the 12th California Mission, Misión la Exaltacion de la Santa Cruz, founded by the Franciscans in 1791. Restored to its original appearance, the austere single-story adobe was once housing for the California Indian residents of the Mission. Exhibits inside tell the story of the mission through the lens of the experience of the Ohlone and Yokuts people.
Honoring The Storytellers
It has been 25 years since the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park opened its gates. A series of events throughout the year will commemorate the 25th anniversary, and honor those who have made efforts to continue to tell the stories of the people of the mission.
Go to Events and Activities to find out about upcoming events.
Summer Archeology Project
There are still spaces available to volunteer for our Summer Archeology Project! Join our artifact laboratory team for the season. Go to Volunteer Opportunities for more details.
This portion of the adobe, built in the early 1800’s, is the only surviving building from Mission Santa Cruz. Archeological excavations in the 1980’s revealed that this had been Indian family housing, the only example of its kind still standing in California today. The story of the Ohlone and Yokuts Indian experience at the Santa Cruz Mission is depicted through exhibits and a wall-sized movie projection. These are featured on guided tours, and may also be viewed at leisure on self-guided tours. The 7-room building also includes information about Ohlone lifeways prior to European contact, archeological excavations and Rodriguez and Neary family histories.
School Tours at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park offers school group programs on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the school year. Reservations will fill quickly, so please contact the park if you would like to schedule your classroom for a program. We are currently taking reservations for the 2016 - 2017 school year. Call (831) 425-5849 for information and reservations. Click on the link for Fieldtrip Information for a description of a Mission Day program.
Consider hosting your business or personal events at the park. Perfect for a family reunion, wedding, or reception in our courtyard and patio. Call Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (831) 429-1840 for information.
Available Activities and Facilities at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Drinking Water Available