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.

Due to the Coronavirus, our site is closed, and no tours, Mass or Confession are taking place. Please check back here as restrictions in Maryland are lifted and we’re able to reopen.


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.
  • The Historic Homes Tour, a guided tour of the two homes where she lived and worked, is available Monday through Saturday at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm, and on Sunday at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3pm and 4pm.

See a video of the Historic Homes Tour below.

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Free Historic Homes Tours are available on select dates. See the dates here.

Plan to spend about 1.5-2 hours if you want to take part in 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.


The Visitor Center, Museum, Basilica and Gift Shop are open M-Sat 10am-5pm, Wed. until 7:30pm, 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

See where Elizabeth Ann Seton’s story unfolded.

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Group Tours

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Retreat & Pilgrimage

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