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Welcome to America’s Catholic Church: 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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2022 Summer Organ Recital Series – Monte Maxwell

August 21 @ 6:00 pm

Join the Basilica for the eighth performance in our 2022 Summer Organ Recital Series on August 21 at 6:00 PM…

2022 Summer Organ Recital Series – Lisa Mitchell Tyler

August 28 @ 6:00 pm

Join the Basilica for the final performance in our 2022 Summer Organ Recital Series on August 28 at 6:00 PM…

Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno (Servant of God)

September 6 @ 6:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., for the Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno (Servant…

25th Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Health

September 10

On Saturday, September 10th, 2022, the Indian American Catholic Association will hold its 25th Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of…

Anniversary Pilgrimage to Our Mother of Africa

September 17

On Saturday, September 17th, 2022, the National Black Catholic Congress will hold a 25th Anniversary Pilgrimage to the Mother of…

Diocese of Metuchen Pilgrimage

September 24

On Saturday, September 24th, 2022, the faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen are invited to participate in their pilgrimage to…

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There are a multiple ways to tour the National Shrine.
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Guided Tour

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.

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Suggested Itineraries

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.

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Virtual Tour

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!

What To Do & See

Learn more about the Basilica as you prepare for your next visit.

Hours & Location

We look forward to your next visit to the Basilica.

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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.

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Interactive Map

Learn more about the Basilica’s architecture and sacred art.

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View cafeteria hours and make group arrangements.

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View bookstore hours and search for resources online.

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Gift Shop

Plan your visit to the National Shrine Shops and shop online.