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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

29:11 Music Group
Jun 28
7:00 PM
29:11 Gospel EnsembleNew Hope International Music Exchange Tour 2018Join us for a concert of joyous South African music followed by a presentation and reception.Basilica Lower...
Block Party 2016
Jul 6 to Jul 7
(All day)
2018 CITIES 97 BASILICA BLOCK PARTYFRIDAY, JULY 6 AND SATURDAY, JULY 7Mark your calendars for the 24th Cities 97 Basilica Block Party on the grounds of the historic Basilica of Saint...
Basilica choir stalls, angel with stained glass window
Jul 8
9:15 AM to 10:30 AM
9:30am Summer Soloist SeriesOn Sunday, July 8, The Basilica welcomes guest cello soloist Daniel McIntosh.Cellist Daniel McIntosh has held the position of principal cellist with the Colorado...