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Guided Tours

Free Guided Tours are available daily at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Our knowledgeable volunteer Docents lead visitors through the Basilica’s major works of art, history, and other highlights while traversing the massive expanse of the Great Upper Church and Crypt Level in this interesting and informative one-hour tour. Guided Tours leave from the Information Desk on the Lower Level of the Basilica’s East Side (adjacent to the Gift Shop). Reservations are not required, except for groups of 15 people or more.

Daily Guided Tours

Monday – Saturday
9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

*No Guided Tours on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day

Group Tours

Groups of 15 or more may schedule a Group Tour of the Basilica. In addition to offering a one-hour Guided Tour, the Basilica can plan for you to attend a regularly scheduled Shrine Mass; schedule a private Mass if you have a priest who wishes to celebrate Mass for your group; and even make arrangements for your group to dine in or carry out breakfast and/or lunch from the Basilica’s Cafeteria.

Church, School, Tour and Bus Groups are welcome.

To Schedule Group Tours for 15 or more please click here.

Tour on Your Own

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is open 365 days a year. With its Great Upper Church, Crypt Church, Memorial Hall and over 70 chapels and oratories, you may tour the Basilica anytime on your own at your leisure. A free Welcome Booklet that provides a brief history and guide of the Basilica is available at our Information Desks and Kiosks. A more extensive Guide and Tour Handbook is available for purchase in the Basilica Gift Shop and Book Store. This easy-to-carry Guide and Tour Book contains detailed information on the Basilica’s history, art, architecture, chapels, and more, and is a great keepsake of your visit.

Basilica Photo Policy

Please follow this link for the Basilica's Photo Policy.

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