Take a tour of the Monastery church, including full-size replicas of the Mount Calvary and Holy Sepulchre shrines in Jerusalem, plus reproductions of the Nazareth Annunciation and Bethlehem Nativity grottos and the Roman catacombs. After the tour, take time to experience the beauty and tranquility of the Monastery gardens on your own.
Based on docent availability, tours are scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and on Sundays at 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. Monday tours have been suspended until further notice. Use the reservation link below to view available dates and times.
Tours must be booked online in advance and are limited to a maximum of 30 people. Walk-ins are welcome to join a scheduled tour if space is available however, please note that a scheduled tour will not take place if there are no advance online registrations.
For large groups over 35 persons, tours must be arranged with the Director of Tours at least 45 days in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tour groups meet in the Tour Lobby. To get there, walk through the Main Gate of the Monastery and enter the door marked ‘Visitors Entrance’
- Tours last approximately 50 minutes
- A minimum of two or more visitors are required for tours of the lower church/catacombs
- The lower church is only accessible by stairs and is inaccessible by wheel-chair
- Tours in Spanish can be arranged with advance notice of 30 or more days
- Tours are free but donations are greatly appreciated to help support the work of the Franciscan Friars
Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the Upper Church and Gardens between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Mondays thru Saturdays. Brochures are available in the Tour Lobby or at the Concierge Desk. Please note that the catacombs and lower church are only accessible on the Guided tours.
2024 Marian Tours
This tour is called the Franciscan Crown Tour with Lourdes and is offered on Marian Feast days. The tour includes the Marian Chapel, Marian artwork and images in the Monastery Church and ends with a visit to the replica of Lourdes in the lower garden. (Marian Tours are not offered if the feast day falls on a Sunday.)
These Special Tours are by reservation only and will be held at 1 p.m. on the following dates:
February 2 (Friday) – Presentation of the Lord
April 8 (Monday) Annunciation (moved from 3/25 because of Holy Week)
May 13 (Monday) – Our Lady of Fatima
May 20 (Monday) – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
May 31 (Friday) – Visitation
June 8 (Saturday) – The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
July 16 (Tuesday) – Our Lady of Mount Carmel
August 22 (Thursday) – Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 12 (Thursday) – The Most Holy Name of Mary
October 7 (Monday) – Our Lady of the Rosary
November 21 (Thursday) – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 10 (Tuesday) – Our Lady of Loreto
December 12 (Thursday) – Our Lady of Guadalupe
Reservations will open 60 days prior to each tour date.
Lenten Reflection Tour
Fridays at 1:00 PM from February 16th through March 22nd (There will be no 1PM regular Monastery tour on these days)
The Lenten reflection uses the beautiful replicas and artwork of the Monastery Church, as well as the words from Sacred Scripture and from St Francis of Assisi, to reflect on our Lord’s Passion and Death. The reflection includes the replica of Grotto of Gethsemane in the lower garden as well as the replicas of the Altar of Calvary, the Anointing Stone and the Holy Sepulcher in the upper Church.
Note: This tour does not include the lower church or the catacombs replica.
Stained Glass Tour
This specialized tour is given at 12:00 noon on November 1, the feast of All Saints, to honor the saints of the Franciscan Order and others who are depicted in the church’s stained-glass windows. Among the saints are St. Francis, St. Bonaventure, St. Clare, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Explanations are given of the symbols in the windows as well as a short synopsis of the life of the saints.
For questions regarding tours, call 202-526-6800 or email email@example.com. Please do not call or email to register for tours that are already sold out online.
NOTE FOR VISITORS: The Franciscan Monastery is a national, religious shrine. Please be respectful while in the church and the gardens. Eating and drinking are prohibited in church. Cell phones must be silenced, put on vibrate or turned off. Photography for personal use is allowed. Commercial/Professional photography and videography are not permitted in the Monastery and the Gardens. Please always keep personal belongings with you. The Monastery is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST:
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
John Paul II Cultural Center