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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Holy Saturday Blessing of the Fire

Holy Saturday

April 20

Extended Confessions: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Solemn Easter Vigil Mass: 8:00 pm, Great Upper Church The Most Rev. Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio…

Music Director Peter Latona conducts Basilica choir

Solemn Easter Vigil Mass

April 20 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for Solemn Easter Vigil Mass in observance of Holy Saturday. Repertoire to be announced.

Great Upper Church altar decorated for Easter

Easter Sunday

April 21

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Solemnity of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…

Music Director Peter Latona conducts Basilica choir

Easter Sunday: Sacred Music

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us at the Basilica to celebrate Easter Sunday. Repertoire to be announced.

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Together with Notre-Dame de Paris: A Benefit Concert at the Basilica

April 26 @ 7:00 pm

Featuring Notre-Dame Organist Johann Vexo and the Choir of the Basilica Join us on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:00…

Basilica Sanctuary decorated for Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday

April 28

As we conclude the Easter Octave, we celebrate and give thanks to our almighty God for His mercy that was…

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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.