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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Join us for the 2019 Organ Recital Series. Jeremy Thompson from Charlottesville, Virginia will perform. A Carillon Recital by Robert…
Join us on Wednesday, September 4 for the Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno (Servant of God). His Excellency, the…
On September 6, 2019, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will once again offer an extraordinary…
On Saturday, September 7, the Indian American Catholic Association will hold its 22nd Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good…
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Archdiocese of Washington Office of Cultural Diversity and…
Join us for this special choral concert for the Commemoration of All Souls. Repertoire to be announced.
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.
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.
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.
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.