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Mission Church and Museum open daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas)


Mission San Jose was founded on June 11, 1797 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen on a site which was part of a natural highway by way of the Livermore Valley to the San Joaquin Valley. It is the fourteenth of the 21 Spanish Missions in Alta California. They were founded to secure Spain's claim to this land and to teach the native people Christianity and the Spanish way of life.

Students interested in learning more about the history of Mission San Jose, especially for the 4th Grade Mission Project, can write to request the free historical information packet.

The Mission San Jose is frequently visited by classrooms and tour groups. Learn more about reserving a time for a docent-guided tour.


Upcoming Events

Spanish Organ Concert: “Mind and Muse”
February 16th  

Old Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont, will host “Mind and Muse,” a free organ concert featuring the Rosales Opus 14 organ on February 16th. St. Joseph Parish music director, Ronald McKean, will highlight the intense and sometimes wild dichotomy of the mind and the muse. He will perform organ pieces that are intricate and choral-like. Other pieces will be passionate and programmatic. Still others will incorporate both as in the great work “Ensalada” by Heredia.

 Mr. McKean will give a pre-concert talk at 7:00PM to explain how the Rosales organ, one of only three in the US, authentically renders the music style of this period. The organ acts as a consort of instruments with one person…conductor, composer and performer, Renaissance style. The ensuing 7:30PM concert will be delivered within the inspiring and acoustically pure Old Mission Church. A reception with wine, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will follow in the historic setting of the Old Mission museum. More information.