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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Good Friday

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday

April 10 @ 2:30 pm

We invite you to join us online at www.nationalshrine.org/mass for the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 p.m.,…

Easter vigil

Solemn Easter Vigil Mass

April 11 @ 8:00 pm

We invite you to join us virtually on Holy Saturday for the Solemn Easter Vigil. The Mass will be livestreamed…

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection

April 12

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

Easter Sunday

Domingo de Pascua de la Resurrección del Señor

April 12 @ 2:30 pm

Misa del Día en Español a 2:30 p.m. ET tranmisión en vivo a www.nationalshrine.org/mass y transmisión en EWTN Español. Su…

Divine Mercy Sunday/Second Sunday of Easter – Solemn Mass and Devotions

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

We invite you to join us online for the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. The Solemn Mass will…

Third Sunday of Easter – Solemn Mass and Devotions

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

We invite you to join us online for the Third Sunday of Easter. The Solemn Mass will be livestreamed at…

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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.