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.

To help you make the most of your time with us, below is information on what most of our visitors like to do, as well as about our amenities and tours.

  • Begin at the Visitor Center and watch the 12-minute film to get an introduction into Elizabeth Ann Seton’s story.
  • Take a guided tour, which lasts about 45-60 minutes and includes the two historic homes she lived in, as well as our Basilica. Days and times for tours are available on our Hours and Directions page.
  • Spend time in the museum to view artifacts from her life and discover how her legacy has lived on.

A visit that includes all activities listed above may last about 1.5-2 hours.

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.

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.

Hours

The Visitor Center, Museum, Basilica and Gift Shop are open M-Sat 10am-4:30pm and Sun 12-4:30pm.

Parking is free.

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

Directions

339 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Explore the Shrine

Explore the Shrine

See where Elizabeth Ann Seton’s story unfolded.

Bring Your Group

Group Tours

Many accommodations for groups of all kinds.

Retreat and Pilgrimmage

Retreat & Pilgrimage

Every year, thousands make spiritual trips to the Shrine.

Around Emmitsburg

Around Emmitsburg

Local accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

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