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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St. Thomas Aquinas Mass

The Catholic University of America Patronal Feast Day Mass

January 28 @ 12:00 pm

The Catholic University of America invites you to join in celebrating their patronal feast day in honor of Saint Thomas…

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Schedule

February 26

As we enter the penitential season of Lent, we invite you to join us for Holy Mass. Imposition of Ashes…

Lenten Sunday

First Sunday of Lent and Vespers

March 1

As we draw near to the great Paschal Feast and the entire Easter Season, we invite you to join us…

Lenten Sunday

Second Sunday of Lent and Vespers

March 8

As we draw near to the great Paschal Feast and the entire Easter Season, we invite you to join us…

Lenten Sunday

Third Sunday of Lent and Vespers

March 15

As we draw near to the great Paschal Feast and the entire Easter Season, we invite you to join us…

Lenten Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Lent and Vespers (Laetare Sunday)

March 22

As we draw near to the great Paschal Feast and the entire Easter Season, we invite you to join us…

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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.

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.