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!

In accordance with Phase Two Guidance for COVID-19 as issued by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office and Health Department, the Basilica has adjusted operations, schedules, and protocols. View visitor guidelines for entry into the Basilica on the FAQ page.

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Marian Rosary Congress and Pilgrimage

September 26 @ 2:00 pm

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to join us on Saturday, September 26th for…

Solemnity of All Saints Mass Schedule

November 1

Join us on Sunday, November 1st for the Solemnity of All Saints. Masses will be celebrated in the Great Upper…

Choral Concert for the Commemoration of All Souls

November 2 @ 7:00 pm

In addition to the Basilica’s regular schedule of Masses on Monday, November 2nd, for the Commemoration of All the Faithful…

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

December 8

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to join us in celebrating our Patronal Feast…

Annual Children’s Christmas Mass

December 24 @ 4:30 pm

The Basilica of the National Shrine and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart invite the faithful to participate in…

Choral Meditations on the Nativity and Solemn Mass on Christmas Eve

December 24 @ 9:00 pm

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to join us on December 24, as we…

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There are a multiple ways to tour the National Shrine.
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Individuals and small groups are welcome to attend Mass, take a tour, dine in the Cafeteria, and visit the Shrine Shops. Regularly scheduled guided tours for groups up to 15 people are free of charge and require no advance reservations.

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If you desire to tour the Shrine with a large group, 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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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.

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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Cafeteria

View cafeteria hours and make group arrangements.

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Bookstore

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.