Welcome to the California Missions Resource Center

The California Missions Resource Center is a comprehensive and unique resource for historical information on the twenty-one California Missions. We strive to provide quality information for students, teachers and people interested in discovering the wonderful history of the early missions and the people who helped create and shape the California we know today. 

Featured Mission

San Diego de Alcála

California’s first mission was founded on July 16, 1769. Mission San Diego’s church (rebuilt in 1931) has a captivating 46 foot campanario (bell wall) you won’t forget. This mission has inviting grounds, informative displays, and a rich history.

Mission San Diego Today
A photograph by David J. McLaughlin.

California Mission Fact Sheets

What Do You Want to Know about California’s Missions?

It’s all here in the Key Fact Sheets – available for each of the 21 missions.

We now offer the Key Fact Sheets as a digital download making them immediately available for your project or travel plans.