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.

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 at the Visitor Center and watch the 12-minute film to get an introduction into Elizabeth Ann Seton’s story.
  • Self-guided tours of our site are always available; simply pick up the Map & Guide at our Visitor Center. The Historic Homes Tour, a guided tour of the two homes where she lived and worked, are available during the winter months on Friday and Saturday at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm, as well as on Sunday at 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. The tour lasts about 45-60 minutes, and tickets are $8/adult, $6/youth ages 7-18, and free for children 6 and under.

    You can buy tickets here.

    Beginning March 11, the Historic Homes Tour is available Monday through Saturday at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm, as well as on Sunday at 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

  • There is no admission fee for our museum. Include the museum in your plans to view artifacts from Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life and discover how her legacy has lived on.

Plan to spend about 1.5-2 hours if you want to include all the activities listed above.


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


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.

Self-Guided Tours

We welcome you to explore our site on your own. Simply begin at the Visitor Center located below the Basilica, and pick up our Map & Guide for a self-guided tour.


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

Parking is free.

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


339 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Explore the Shrine

Explore the Shrine

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