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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Join us for the 2019 Organ Recital Series, Ted Davis from Baltimore, Maryland will perform. A Carillon Recital by Robert Grogan will precede the Organ Recital at 5:30PM.

2019 Summer Organ Recital Series

August 25 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for the 2019 Organ Recital Series. Jeremy Thompson from Charlottesville, Virginia will perform. A Carillon Recital by Robert…

Capodanno

Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno (Servant of God)

September 4 @ 6:30 pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 4 for the Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno (Servant of God). His Excellency, the…

Annual Knight’s Tower Tour

September 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

On September 6, 2019, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will once again offer an extraordinary…

Lady of Vailankanni Chapel

22nd Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Health

September 7 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

On Saturday, September 7, the Indian American Catholic Association will hold its 22nd Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good…

Our Lady of Africa Madonna

Mother of Africa Pilgrimage

September 28 @ 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Archdiocese of Washington Office of Cultural Diversity and…

Choral Concert for Commemoration of All Souls

Choral Concert for the Commemoration of All Souls

November 2 @ 7:30 pm

Join us for this special choral concert for the Commemoration of All Souls. Repertoire to be announced.

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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.