Basilica Interior

Things To Do

People from all walks of life visit the Shrine and enjoy discovering this incredible woman’s story. Whether you're interested in history, art, or the outdoors, you’ll find it at our site. Discover for yourself Elizabeth Ann Seton’s inspirational life and the legacy that lives on in her name.

As Maryland and the rest of the country reopen, so too does the Shrine. The Basilica, Museum and Visitor Center are open, and tours are available Fridays and Saturdays. Below are details about each.

The Basilica is open 10am-5pm Monday through Sunday for prayer, tours and Mass. Find out more about Mass and how we’re keeping you and our staff safe here.

The Visitor Center and Museum are open 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday and 12-5pm on Sunday. Learn how we’re keeping visitors and our staff safe here.

We’ve modified our typical tour to incorporate precautions to keep visitors and staff safe. Learn more about our Open Air Historic Homes Tour here.

Our gift shop will open later in July on or around July 22. Please click here for the latest updates related to the coronavirus.

 

Make the most of your time with us! Below are activities to give you a well-rounded experience, as well as info about our amenities.

  • Begin your visit at the Visitor Center and watch the 12-minute film to get an introduction into Elizabeth Ann Seton’s story.
  • There is no admission fee for our museum. In the museum, see artifacts from Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life and view exhibits that highlight how her legacy has lived on, like our Civil War Sisters exhibit.
  • Self-guided tours of our site are always available; simply pick up the Map & Guide at our Visitor Center.

Wondering what you’ll see on the Open Air Tour? Below is a video of the Historic Homes Tour that is typically available under normal circumstances, to give you a glimpse of what you’ll see on the open air tour.

 

Plan to spend about 1.5-2 hours to take a tour and spend time in the Museum and Basilica.

Accessibility

All of our sites, walkways and grounds are accessible to physically-challenged people.

Parking

Parking at the Shrine is free and plentiful.

Picnic Areas

There are two picnic areas on the grounds for your enjoyment. Please note that these are not covered areas, so they may not be suitable for use in inclement weather.

Hours

The Visitor Center and Museum are open M-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12-5pm.

The Basilica is open 10am-5pm Monday through Sunday.

The gift shop reopens on or around July 22.

Parking is free.

The grounds and historic cemetery are open year-round from dawn to dusk.

Directions

339 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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