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Mission Santa Barbara Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

Mission Santa Barbara Model Project

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission Santa Barbara. Perfect for school projects! All you have to do is cut, glue and assemble this mission into a beautify 3D replica. Printed on thick card heavy duty stock paper. 

Two Ways to Order!

1. Buy now on Amazon. Two options to choose from. Mission Large Model Only and Deluxe Set (includes mission accessories).

Deluxe Set (Most Popular)
Includes Mission Accessories
Church Only
Large Size Mission Model
Mission Santa Barbara Model Deluxe Set
Mission Santa Barbara Model Only
Buy Mission Santa Barbara on Amazon
Buy Mission Santa Barbara on Amazon


2. Purchase a Mega Deluxe Set downloadable online now.

Get instant access. You will receive multiple pdf files where you can print on your own color printer. The Mega Deluxe Set comes with everything you see below. This is not available on Amazon. You will get the Large Mission Model, The Extra Annex Building, The Mission Accessories and the Project Board Mega Pack. 

Mission Model Size

Large Size Base:

  • Width: 10 inches
  • Length: 13 inches
  • Height: 8.1 inches

History of Mission Santa Barbara

Padre Junipero Serra, the man who was in charge of the first nine missions built in California, had planned to build one in Santa Barbara around the time San Buenaventura Mission was founded in 1782. Unfortunately, he died one month before Spain approved of the construction of a tenth mission. Padre Fermin Lausen was put in charge of the California missions after Padre Serra’s passing.

The decision to make Padre Fermin Lausen the leader of the missions proved to be a good one as the time he was overseeing the missions would be considered the best and most stable, which should come no surprise as seeing as Padre Fermin was one of the first Padres to come to California with Padre Serra. As soon as Padre Fermin Lausen was put in charge, he immediately led an expedition to found the tenth mission.

The new mission was founded on December 4, 1786, which was Santa Barbara’s holiday in the Catholic Church. The tenth mission was named after Santa Barbara (Saint Barbara) who lived in the early days of Christianity. Her father tried to force Santa Barbara to get married, but she resisted and secretly became a Christian. At this time, being a Christian was not allowed because it was a new religion and thought to be dangerous. Romans severely punished and sometimes killed Christians. Santa Barbara later tried to run away from her father and was eventually caught and killed.

Santa Barbara Mission is often called “Reina de Misiones,” or “Queen of the Missions,” because it was one of the most successful at growing crops and baptizing Native Americans. The mission was lucky to have the friendly Chumesh tribe live nearby, the same tribe who lived on several other missions including San Buenaventura Mission. As soon as the adobe church was built, the Padres turned their attention towards growing food. A stone aqueduct was built in a nearby creek to ensure the mission had access to plenty of water. This aqueduct was so well-built and useful that it is still used by the city of Santa Barbara to this day. The water was used to grow wheat, barley, corn, peas, oranges, and olive trees. The access to water allowed Santa Barbara Mission to grow all of the food they needed and help support as many as 1,700 Chumesh, which was one of the highest Native American populations at any of the missions.

As a result of the high Chumesh population, Santa Barbara Mission quickly outgrew the original adobe church. In 1820, a new and larger church was built that had a unique design compared to other missions. One of the Padres brought a book on Roman buildings and the church at Santa Barbara Mission has a similar design. With the exception of one bad earthquake, the church’s appearance has not changed since 1820 which makes it one of the few missions that are still true to their original design.

Santa Barbara Mission also has the distinction of being run by Franciscan Padres for its entire history. Once Mexico gained its independence from Spain, the Mexican government shut down or sold the missions off. The Chumesh population at Santa Barbara Mission slowly left during this time and the purpose of the mission started to change as well. Santa Barbara Mission became the headquarters of Francisco Garcia Diego, the first Catholic Bishop in California, who was able to prevent the mission from being sold. Eventually, the United States won control of California and allowed the Franciscans to keep control over Santa Barbara Mission. Despite the fact that the Franciscan Padres never gave up control of the mission, by 1834, the mission no longer had a Chumesh population nor was it focused on growing food or performing baptisms.

Instead, Santa Barbara Mission served as a high school and college for boys, as well as a place where men could learn how to become priests. The Chumesh population moved into the city of Santa Barbara, where today many descendants still live and embrace the traditions of their ancestors.

Santa Barbara Mission is open for visitors and like many other missions, it hosts a museum, but because the mission has been run for nearly 200 years, it has a very organized and impressive collection. Visitors can see a music room where Chumesh gathered to sing and play instruments as well as items from before the mission was built; these items show the Chumesh culture and history. Santa Barbara Mission is one of the few missions where the church’s interior and exterior are still true to the Padres’ original designs and that makes it the perfect stop for anyone who wants to see a historically accurate California Mission.