See the Doves (In Person)!


Daytime Exhibit Walk

Immerse yourself in Michael Pendry’s “Les Colombes” (the Doves), an art installation symbolizing hope and the Holy Spirit. In this exhibit experience, walk beneath a cascading column of 2,000 origami doves and watch as the rainbow light from the Cathedral’s stained glass elevates folded paper into something transcendent.

Multiple days and times per week are available. Dates and times vary. Tickets are issued in 15 minute increments to facilitate timed entry. 

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Evening Exhibit Walk

Immerse yourself in Michael Pendry’s “Les Colombes” (the Doves), an art installation symbolizing hope and the Holy Spirit. In this exhibit experience, walk beneath a cascading column of 2,000 origami doves and watch as the contrasting light and shadow elevates folded paper into something transcendent.

Multiple days and times per week are available. Dates and times vary. Tickets are issued in 15 minute increments to facilitate timed entry. 

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Doves Special Events


Ballet + Doves: Unbound

Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8
6 pm and 7:30 pm eastern

Join us in-person or online for an evening of artistic fusion combining The Washington Ballet and Michael Pendry’s “Les Colombes” exhibit. Washington Ballet Company dancers Maki Onuki and Tamás Krizsa offer an interpretive performance beneath the doves. In-person attendees will also view the exhibit prior to the performance. The 7:30 viewing times conclude with a panel discussion with the performers.

In-person event sold out. Attend as a virtual event.

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Hope Floats: A Night of Storytelling

Wednesday, May 19
7 pm eastern

As we begin to emerge from a year apart, human connection is more important than ever. Storytelling is one way to connect to each other and our deepest selves. Join us for a night of storytelling about hope, renewal, and light — in the Cathedral’s nave!

Also available to attend as a virtual event.

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Help Share the Hope

It’s been a long, dark year, and we could all use a little hope.

Across cultures and religious traditions, doves represent hope, peace and rebirth. Many of the over 2,000 paper doves that make up “Les Colombes” at the Cathedral are inscribed with hopeful and prayerful messages.

We invite you to write a message of hope — for yourself, for your family or for our nation — and we’ll add it to the Cathedral’s virtual flock. Together, these gentle messengers of peace will point the way to a new day of renewal.

Add your #CathedralDoves message of hope below: