Self-guided tours of the Mission are available any time between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Please check in at the Gift Shop for self-guided tour information. No advance reservation is required. The admission fee for the tour is $5 per adult, and $3 per student.
Group tours of 25 or more are available with advance reservation. Please contact the Gift Shop at:
Old Mission San Jose
P.O. Box 3159
Fremont, CA 94539
Please allow as much advance notice as possible so that we may schedule your tour appropriately. We will confirm your tour date/time by mail, with the rules and regulations for visiting the mission. For student groups, please take the time to review these rules before your visit.
It is imperative that the school confirm their tour with the Gift Shop, one week prior to the scheduled tour date. Failure to do so may result in your tour being cancelled, and your scheduled timeslot used for another tour request.
If it is necessary to cancel your tour, please notify us as soon as possible at 510-657-1797, x100, and no later than 10:00 am on the scheduled tour date. We have reserved this time for you, and if you are unable to use it, we may be able to accommodate another class.
We receive many tour requests -- over 10,000 4th grade students visit the Mission each year, so our schedule fills up rapidly. Due to the limited number of volunteer docents available, we will do our best to provide a tour guide, but can make no guarantees. At the time we confirm your tour, we will confirm if a docent tour guide is available.
With tour guides, we can handle two classrooms at one time. However, if no tour guide is available, only one classroom may tour the mission at a time.
All student/classroom tours must have chaperones of one adult for every five students.
The tour admission fee is $5 per adult, and $3 per student. Fees may be paid by cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard) on the day of the tour. We do not bill schools, so please be prepared to pay on the day of your tour.
Note: flash photography is not permitted in the church or the museum. It damages our fabrics and paintings.
SPECIAL SUNDAY DOCENT LED TOURS
On the second Sunday of each month, the Mission is taking reservations for individuals and families who would like a docent-led tour which will include a 15-minute demonstration of the Spanish organ by our Music Minister Ron McKeon. These tours are scheduled for 1 p.m. It is necessary to call the Gift Shop at 510-657-1797, ext 100, and make a reservation so we can determine how many docents we will need.
The fees for these "special" tours are $5 per adult and $3 per student. We hope this will aid those who cannot come on a group tour during the week.
We will also accept groups of 25 or more on these special Sunday tours. Reservations are required.