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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The Baptism of the Lord

January 10

Registration is required to attend Mass in person due to restrictions placed upon Houses of Worship by the District of Columbia which…

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 17

Join us on Sunday, January 17th as we celebrate the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The celebration of Mass will…

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 24

Join us on Sunday, January 24th as we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The celebration of Mass will…

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2021 National Prayer Vigil for Life

January 28 - January 29

The 2021 National Prayer Vigil for Life will take place Thursday, January 28, through Friday, January 29. Please note that,…

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 31

Join us on Sunday, January 31st as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The celebration of Mass will…

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 7

Join us on Sunday, February 7th as we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The celebration of Mass will…

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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.