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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

Las Posadas

In 1982 a tradition was begun to hold the celebration of Las Posadas, a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.  For nine evenings, starting on December 15th, we meet on the porch of the Old Mission San Jose Museum and depart at 6:15 p.m. to walk to a local business or site within two blocks singing Christmas carols as we go. A family is selected to carry the hand-carved statue of Mary and Joseph. Once we arrive, we ask for room at the Inn. The host turns us away but eventually welcomes us in to take shelter.  Fremont Cultural Arts Council arranges for local folks to entertain us and we conclude with enjoying light snacks provided by the host business. A wonderful way to celebrate the true Christmas spirit. Please wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight to read the music as we process. We hope you will join us rain or shine for this no-cost celebration!

Co-sponsored by Old Mission San Jose Museum and Fremont Cultural Arts Council. For more info, contact 510-657-1797, ext 106

View the 2019 Las Posadas schedule