The Basilica of Saint Mary and the MN/ND Chapter of The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums are hosting an exclusive exhibit dedicated to The Pontifical Swiss Guard. After stops in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC the exhibit is coming to Minneapolis before returning to Rome.
Besides historic artifacts, this exhibit features 86 images by renowned Italian photographer Fabio Mantegna as well as accompanying text sharing individual experiences about life as a Swiss Guard. Curated by Dr. Romina Cometti from the Vatican Museums, this exhibit will give visitors rare access into the day-to-day life of the Swiss Guards, who are responsible for the safety and security of the Pope and his residence.
The exhibit is located in the John XXIII Gallery and Teresa of Calcutta Hall on the lower level of The Basilica and is open weekends and by appointment.
Tours of the exhibit are not available until Noon, Monday through Thursday. Tours of the exhibit both in the morning and afternoon are available on Friday. Click the Register button or call 612.317.3410 to plan a tour of the exhibit.
On Thursday, July 20 at 6:00pm, a reception will be held in the Teresa of Calcutta Hall, lower level with a presentation by Johan van Parys at 6:30pm. The reception and program is free and open to the public.
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