The Mission Inn Foundation offers a 75-minute walking tour led by trained docents on the art, architecture, and history of the Mission Inn. This is your opportunity to see parts of the National Historic Landmark that are inaccessible to the general public based on hotel availability. Reservations are highly recommended as we only take a limited number of guests per tour. Tours are $13 for adults and senior citizens, children 11 years old and under are free with a paying adult. Tours are $12 for members of AAA, AARP and active & retired military. Please call the Museum at (951) 788-9556 during regular business hours for available tour times and reservations.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required for tour groups larger than 6 people.

The Festival of Lights

During Festival of Lights, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, and running through the first week of January, tours are one of the only ways to see the hotel in all its seasonal glory without paying the premium for a hotel room!

FOL Seasonal Tour Prices (Nov. 23, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019)*

Daily Tours starting before 4:00 p.m. - This is your best tour for the perfect blend of history and holiday cheer!

  • Adults (12 y.o. and over) $18
  • Children (4-11 y.o.) $5
  • Children 0-3 y.o. Free
  • If any member of the party is a member of AAA, AARP, or active/retired military, then a discount of $1/person will be applied.

Daily Tours beginning at 4:00 p.m. - This is your best chance to be inside the building as the lights come on!

  • Adults (12 y.o. and over) $20
  • Children (4-11 y.o.) $10
  • Children 0-3 y.o. Free
  • No discounts valid for 4:00 p.m. tours

Payment is required at the time of reservation and is nonrefundable for Festival of Lights tours.

*Please note: Only the 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. tours will be offered on Friday, November 23rd in preparation for the Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony. The museum will close for the day at 12:00 p.m on that day.

Tour Rules

  • No food/drink allowed on any tour. The only exception is water which must be in a container with a lid.
  • Service animals only.
  • Tour route subject to change depending on daily activities at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.
  • Per the Mission Inn Foundation's tour regulations and at the request of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, no photography will be allowed on this tour. This includes cellular phone cameras and all other small portable electronic devices, which docents will request to be turned off for the duration of the tour.

coming soon

  • Online tour booking is not yet available. Please call the Museum at (951) 788-9556 for tour reservation information and availability.
  • "Whisper" Audio Headsets available on every tour! Upon checking in for your tour, please ask if your tour will feature a Whisper device which allows you to hear each and every word shared by the docent. These devices are now available in the Museum on a limited basis and will soon be implemented on all daily tours.

Group and Student Tours

Advance reservations and a 50% deposit are required for groups of 6 persons or more. Reduced rates are available for groups of 25 or more and for school groups. School tours are not available during the Festival of Lights (late November-early January). Call the Foundation at (951) 781-8241 and ask for Nanci Larsen.