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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Advent vespers

Third Sunday of Advent and Vespers

December 15

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

Confessions chapel

Pre-Christmas Confession Schedule

December 21 @ 10:00 am - December 24 @ 6:00 pm

As we anticipate the celebration of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we invite you to prepare your hearts…

Advent vespers

Fourth Sunday of Advent and Vespers

December 22

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

Choral Concert for Commemoration of All Souls

Choral Meditations on the Nativity

December 24 @ 10:00 pm

Come and experience the uplifting sounds of the Choir of the Basilica this Christmas Eve. Repertoire to be announced. All…

Baldachin at Christmas

2019 Christmas Dinner Volunteer Registration

December 25

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will provide meals for hundreds of poor, homeless, elderly, and…

Mary, Mother of God

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

January 1, 2020

Join us as we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Mass will be celebrated at the following times:…

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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.

interactive map

Interactive Map

Learn more about the Basilica’s architecture and sacred art.

shrine cafeteria

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.