The City of San Buenaventura was founded by Father Junípero Serra when he dedicated the Mission San Buenaventura in 1782. The Mission was named for St. Bonaventure, a Thirteenth Century Franciscan saint and a Doctor of the Church. Ventura is home to many museums, historic sites, a vibrant downtown, many parks and a wonderful coastal setting.
Albinger Archeological Museum
More than three millennia of human history in the Ventura region are displayed in the archaeological exhibits at the small Albinger Archaeological Museum. Some of the relics on display date back to 1600 BC. Distance: Next door
The Museum of Ventura County
The Museum of Ventura County celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through collections, exhibitions, events, education programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community. Distance: One block west
The Olivas adobe is an adobe home built in 1841 by Raymundo Olivas. Olivas and his partner received over 2,000 acres as part of land grant in 1841. The land was originally part of Mission San Buenaventura, but was taken away from the Church by the Mexican government during the secularization of the Missions. Olivas built the adobe home in 1841. He and his wife, Teodora and their children lived in the adobe until 1899. It later became part of Max Fleischman’s holdings (of yeast and margarine fame) until he donated the land and the house to the City of Ventura in 1972. Distance: 4 miles southeast
Built in 1872, the Ventura pier served as the main transit point for people and goods moving in and out of the city. The current structure is 1958 feet long and is the longest wooden pier in California. Distance 1 1/2 miles southeast