Immerse Yourself in Lompoc
Love architecture and history? La Purisima Mission State Historic Park welcomes more than 200,000 yearly visitors and is home to the most fully restored and furnished of the state’s 21 missions. Supported by the nonprofit Prelado, La Purisima Mission is Lompoc’s crown jewel. Revel in the awe-inspiring artisanal craftsmanship restoration of period furniture, roof and floor tiles, sculptural elements and interior paintings. Take a free guided tour through the historic buildings with costumed docents, enjoy hands-on activities from life in the 1820s, or pick up a self-guided tour map at the visitor center and gift shop to explore on your own.
Looking for live music? Originally formed in 1997 to entertain at Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Week, the Lompoc Pops Orchestra now boasts a full symphonic ensemble. Through music education, outreach programs and regional performances of classical and pops concerts, this beloved group is now the pride and joy of local and visiting music aficionados.
Whether you’re on the hunt for that unique and affordable art to add to your collection or just seeking some handcrafted jewelry or ceramics to remind you of your trip to Lompoc, the Cypress Gallery should be at the top of your itinerary. In addition to seasonal exhibits and gallery events, this mainstay of the Lompoc Valley Art Association features the work of more than 60 local artists. Browse the rotating offers of watercolor, oils, acrylics, photography, pastels, mixed media and more for the perfect piece for yourself or someone you love.
With depictions of Lompoc’s ethnic diversity, history, flower industry and scenery, the Murals of Lompoc draw visitors from far and wide. You’ll find dozens of murals in Old Tow’s walkable Art Alley, as well as throughout the city on buildings, street corners and side streets. Download a mural map or pick up a hard copy at the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau to embark on a self-guided tour.
For those eager to explore the arts and culture of a central California coast city with a small-town vibe, Lompoc fits the bill. Set your own pace as you meander the public art. Step back in time within centuries’ old buildings maintained by those who value history, architecture and culture. Tap your toes to orchestral performances originally designed to entertain even the top brass of our military. And support local artists by shopping the gallery halls for a masterpiece to call your own. If your idea of a vacation is learning and exploring at a relaxing pace, Lompoc won’t disappoint.
- Museums and Galleries
- Old Town Lompoc