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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.
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.
California Indian History: A Short Film
Click on the video link to see the 6 minute program "We are Still Here." This short film addresses the often hidden story of the experience of the Ohlone people between the era of the Missions and today and is a valuable educational resource for those studying California mission history. This video is also available on YouTube.
Programs for the Public
The park offers Guided Tours, Living History Demonstrations, and Family Drop-In Crafts throughout the year. Additionally, Junior Ranger programs and Old Fashioned Campfires are scheduled during summer months. Click on Events and Activities for information and current schedules.
School Tours at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is now offering school group programs on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Reservations will fill quickly, so please contact the park if you would like to schedule your classroom for a program. Call (831) 425-5849 for information and reservations. Click on the link for Fieldtrip Information for a description of a Mission Day program.
4th Grade Mission Projects
The park offers many resources to support students studying the missions, and their families.
Tours and Events: Guided Adobe Tours and Living History Demonstrations are great opportunities for in depth study and hands-on experiences, or you can enjoy a Self-guided tour whenever the park is open.
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Literature: PIck up a copy of "Information about Mission Santa Cruz" at the Visitor Center, or call our office to have it sent to you by mail.
Junior Ranger Activity Guide: Our self-guided booklet is a fun and thought-provoking way to explore the museum. Kids can earn a badge! (for 7 - 12 year olds.)
Books, kits, cards and more: The ParkStore offers a variety of materials to extend your experience and assist with your project. Visit the online store by clicking the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks link at the right.
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 Events Manager Elizabeth Schilling at (831)429-1840 x109 for information.
Available Activities and Facilities at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Drinking Water Available