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Michael Jensen

Plan a Tour

The Basilica of Saint Mary offers docent-led and self-guided tours.
During the week, the church is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

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.  

Every visit uncovers something new.

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

Self-guided tours

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

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: Tours are available after the 9:30am and 11:30am Mass on most Sundays.
  • Weekdays: Group tours are available by calling 612.317.3438 or submitting a request online.
  • Note: No tours on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.



Upcoming Events

Minnesota Sinfonia
Dec 3
2:00 PM
Minnesota Sinfonia Holiday Family ConcertSaturday December 32:00 PMFree and open to all The concert will include Holiday music from around the world, beginning with the You and You Waltz from Johann...
Dec 9 to Dec 10
4:30 PM to 10:30 PM
CHRISTMAS: Jesus Christ Yesterday, Today, and ForeverNational Lutheran Choir Christmas Concerts 2022December 9,  4:30pm and 8:00pmDecember 10,  8:00pm...
night sky
Dec 10
7:00 PM
Featuring music for Choir, String Quartet, Flute, Harp, Piano, Organ. Performers include: The Basilica of Saint Mary Cathedral Choir; Teri Larson, conductor; Samuel Holmberg, organ; Bethany Gonella,...
Dec 15 to Dec 16
7:30 PM to 11:15 PM
Handel's MessiahSaint Paul Chamber OrchestraThursday December 15, 7:30 PMFriday, December 16, 8:00 PMTickets Paul McCreesh, conductorHera Hyesang Park, sopranoAvery Amereau, contraltoThomas Cooley,...