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About Mission San Jose

The History of Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose was founded by the Franciscan Fathers in 1797, and became home to herds of cattle, horses and sheep, fields of corn and wheat, and many olive trees. During the California Gold Rush, Mission San Jose was an agricultural center and the Mission buildings became the hotel, general store and Post Office.


The Mission San Jose area is home to several historically significant attractions, including the Old Mission with its authentically reconstructed adobe church, The Museum of Local History, the Old School, and many other historic buildings and sites featured in the downloadable brochure - Welcome to Mission San Jose Village. Note that while the history of various facilities mentioned in the brochure are accurate, current uses and activities may have changed.


The Old Mission San Jose, located at 43300 Mission Blvd, is open daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Group tours are available by appointment only. Phone: 510-657-1797.


The Museum of Local History, located at 190 Anza St., is open Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and on the second Saturday of the month, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Group tours can be arranged by calling the museum at 510-623-7907.

Community Information

In addition to its historical roots, Mission San Jose is known for its charming neighborhoods, convenient access to freeways, and a number of family-owned businesses which bring the community together.

Mission San Jose is also home to the Olive Hyde Art Gallery, directly across the street from the Mission. Ongoing shows and exhibits bring a variety of traditional and contemporary artwork and artists to the area. The gallery is open Thursday – Sunday, Noon – 5:00 pm, during exhibitions. Admission is free to the public.Call 510-791-4357 for more information.

Ohlone College is located just down the street from the Mission, providing an academic home for 12,000 students, as well as the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. The Jackson Theatre hosts a variety of dance, music and dramatic performances each year.

The City of Fremont website provides a variety of information concerning the city government, local parks, facilities and events, police and fire departments, resources for businesses, teens, seniors, parents, and families.

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