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Visit Mission San Xavier Del Bac - The White Dove Of The Desert

Constructed in 1776, Mission San Xavier del Bac is one of the most outstanding examples of Mexican Baroque architecture in the country. Situated along the banks of the Santa Cruz River, in the center of a historic Tohono O'odham Indian settlement located 10 miles outside of Tucson, Mission San Xavier del Bac is an active Catholic church and popular pilgrimage site. Featuring a brilliant white stucco exterior, an ornately decorated entrance, brightly colored religious paintings, sculptures, carvings, and frescoes, this magnificent Spanish-style mission is the oldest European structure in Arizona and hosts over 200,000 visitors each year.


Prices -

Entry to the museum is free, but the church does accept donations.

Hours -

The mission church is open daily from 7am-5pm. The museum is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gift shop is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • Feast Days
  • Padre Kino Soccer Cup
  • Daily Mass Celebrations


  • Mission Church
  • Gardens
  • Museum
  • Candle Lighting
  • Gift Shop


  • Is There A Gift Shop At The Church?

    Yes, the Mission is home to a gift shop that sells a wide array of items, including rosaries and religious items, books, CDs, t-shirts, and authentic, locally-made Tohono O'odham baskets. Stop by the gift shop to purchase souvenirs and mementos of your visit to Mission San Xavier. The gift shop is open daily from 8am-5pm (holiday hours may vary).
  • Are There Any Tours Available?

    Yes, docents at Mission San Xavier offer free guided tours Monday through Saturday mornings when the church is not in use. Tours are offered eight times daily, on the hour, beginning at 9:30am, January -April; four times daily, on the hour, beginning at 9:30am, May -September; and six times daily, on the hour, beginning at 9:30am, October -December. Group tours can be arranged by filling in the Request Form at least two weeks in advance of your visit. You can also take a virtual tour online anytime by visiting the mission's website.

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