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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Mass of the Americas in the Extraordinary Form

November 16 @ 10:00 am

Join us for the first ever Mass of the Americas in the Extraordinary Form, celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of…

Night for Witness

Aid to the Church in Need: A Night of Witness Vespers

November 23 @ 6:30 pm

Join Aid to the Church in Need and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on November…

Advent vespers

First Sunday of Advent and Vespers

December 1

Joyfully awaiting the coming of the Divine Messiah, we invite you to join us this Advent Season and Vespers. Vespers…

Basilica Christmas Concert

Annual CUA Christmas Concert for Charity

December 6 @ 7:30 pm

Sponsored by The Catholic University of America and the Basilica, this event draws standing-room-only crowds and raises thousands of dollars…

Haitian Catholic Community Pilgrimage

Haitian Catholic Community Pilgrimage

December 7

The Haitian Catholic Community is invited to participate in the 16th Annual Haitian Catholic Community Pilgrimage. Led by the Most…

Advent vespers

Second Sunday of Advent and Vespers

December 8

Joyfully awaiting the coming of the Divine Messiah, we invite you to join us this Advent Season and Vespers. Vespers…

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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.