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Michael Jensen

Plan a Tour

You’re sure to find something to inspire during your visit to America’s first Basilica

Discover this landmark building’s rich history and marvel at its awe-inspiring art and architecture.  Open to the public year round.

Every visit uncovers something new.

  • Walk the Mary labyrinth.
  • Visit the John XXIII Art Gallery.
  • Attend one of our upcoming free concerts

Self-guided tour

Discover the basilica and its history on your own using a detailed tour guide. You’ll find them in the back of the church.

The Basilica is open to all:

Monday–Friday: 6:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am to 6:30pm
Sunday: 6:30am to 7:30pm

Your time is precious to us. If you plan to tour, please contact The Basilica so we know you are coming. In event, that the availability of the church changes, we can inform you so that you can make other arrangements to tour.  

Docent-led tours

Free tours are available year-round (except holidays and Holy Week).
  Freewill donations accepted.

  • Sundays: 15 minute tours after the 9:30 and 11:30am Masses. Meet at the front of The Basilica Sanctuary beneath the pulpit.
  • Weekdays: Group tours are available by calling 612.333.1381 or submitting a request online here.
  • Note: No tours on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.


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As we constantly strive to provide a quality experience for those visiting The Basilica of Saint Mary, whether it is to tour or to worship, feedback of your experience is very helpful. Please fill out this tour evaluation so that we can acknowledge the good work that is done in this ministry as well as make improvements for other’s experience when touring.

Upcoming Events

Oct 27
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The National Lutheran Choir presents a premier performance of Holy Spirit Mass by Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen.Commissioned for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, this new work for...
St Olaf Choir
Oct 28
8:00 PM
My Soul Cries Out: 500 Years of SingingSt. Olaf Choir and The Basilica Cathedral ChoirSaturday, October 28, 8:00pm, BasilicaThe Cathedral Choir of The Basilica of Saint Mary, Teri Larson, conductor,...
The Minnesota Sinfonia performs at the Basilica
Oct 29
2:00 PM
Join us for a free family friendly concert.The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra based in Minneapolis, MN.The Sinfonia is the only orchestra of its kind in the entire country,...
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Dec 15
8:00 PM
Messiah Christmas Concert and Dinner6:00pm Dinner, 8:00pm Concert Co-presented by The Basilica of Saint Mary and The Saint Paul Chamber OrchestraCelebrate the holidays with one of classical...