Plan Your Visit
The National Shrine, also known as Mary’s Shrine, receives nearly one million visitors annually and has been visited by Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Pope John Paul II, and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, among others. We hope that you can join us in person and are here to help you as you learn more about the Basilica – America’s Catholic Church!
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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord 2023
As we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, we rejoice in Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and…
As we prepare our hearts and minds at the Table of the Lord, we invite you to join us for…
We invite you to join us as we commemorate the earthly death of our Lord. Please note: there are no…
We invite you to join us as we prepare our hearts for and celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection. Confessions Time: Location:…
Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection
Alleluia! He is Risen! We invite you to join us in celebrating the Solemnity of the Resurrection of Our Lord…
Divine Mercy Sunday
As we conclude the Easter Octave, we celebrate and give thanks to our almighty God for His mercy that was…
If you desire to tour the Shrine, we offer guided tours that last just under one hour. Guided tours include visits to chapels on both levels, and include information about the background of the Shrine, the architecture, and the sacred artwork.
Whether you are just stopping by for an introductory self-tour, are part of a School or Church Group Pilgrimage, or a one-day Diocesan Pilgrimage, view our sample schedules to ensure that your visit is a valuable spiritual experience.
Take our 360° Virtual Tours to see the Basilica’s Great Upper Church, the Great Upper Church Sanctuary, the Crypt Church and the Memorial Hall. With the click of your mouse, you can view the inside of the National Shrine!
Hours & Location
We look forward to your next visit to the Basilica.
Plan to visit the Basilica?
The Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in North America and is among the ten largest churches in the world. Review our hours and location details to help plan your next trip.