Celebrate notable African Americans who have made significant contributions in theology, human rights, social justice, civil rights, education, and the welfare of other human beings as depicted in the sculptures, stained glass windows, and needlepoint throughout the Cathedral. See where Martin Luther King, Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former President Barack Obama became part of Cathedral history.

about thematic tours

These small-group tours focus on thematic topics or specific areas of the Cathedral, including voices of history, sacred art and architectural topics. If you are a returning visitor, or if you want to know more about this national landmark, our themed tours will open your mind and touch your heart. See other upcoming Thematic Tours offered.

  • Advance reservations are suggested as space is limited. Thematic Tours are best suited for ages 10+.
  • Tickets: $30 for 18+, $25 youth, seniors (65+), students, teachers, military with ID


As a living and active community of faith, the Cathedral’s schedule and ability to welcome visitors is subject to unexpected changes. If a conflict arises and we cannot be open for touring at the date/time you have purchased, we will contact you by email and your credit card will be refunded.

By purchasing admission in advance, you acknowledge that our schedule is subject to change.

If you purchase tickets in any of the available discount categories, you will be asked to provide appropriate identification for discount eligibility upon arrival.