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!
In accordance with Reopening Guidance for COVID-19 as issued by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office and Health Department, the Basilica has adjusted operations, schedules, and protocols. View visitor guidelines for entry into the Basilica on the FAQ page.
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Join us for the 2021 Organ Recital Series. Jonathan Embry of Helena, Montana will perform. A Carillon Recital by Robert…
On August 15, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Join us on this…
Join us for the 2021 Organ Recital Series. Benjamin LaPrairie, Associate Director of Music for the Basilica, will perform. A…
Join us for the 2021 Organ Recital Series. Peter Latona, the Basilica’s Director of Music will perform. A Carillon Recital…
Join us for the 2021 Organ Recital Series. Joel Kumro of Richmond, Virginia, will perform. A Carillon Recital by Robert…
Join us on Tuesday, September 7th for the Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Capodanno (Servant of God). His Excellency,…
Individuals and small groups are welcome to attend Mass, take a tour and visit the Shrine Shops.
If you desire to tour the Shrine with a large group, we offer guided tours that last approximately one hour. Guided tours include visits to chapels on the Crypt Level and the Great Upper Church, and include information about the history 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.