Photo provided by: 
Michael Jensen

Plan a Tour

At this time The Basilica of Saint Mary is unable to offer docent-led tours.
Self-Guided tours are available. 
During the week, the church is open from 7:30am until 1:00pm.
So we can respect your time, please contact us
so that we can inform you of any conflicts that may affect your visit.


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.

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