Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Cathedral gardens and grounds open to visit?
Yes, the gardens and grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day. We hope you enjoy time spent in the beauty of God’s creation!
We ask that you remember three things: 1) Wear a mask and practice social distancing. 2) Dispose of any trash. 3) Leash your dogs and pets.
If you are interested in hosting a photo shoot or a group gathering of any kind on the Cathedral grounds, please contact email@example.com.
Is the Cathedral open for visitors?
The Cathedral has limited opening for visits to experience the “Les Colombes” (The Doves) exhibit through July 2021. Timed tickets are required to ensure safety and public health guidelines. Reserve your tickets now!
Please note that “Les Colombes” tickets are for the exhibit only; much of the interior Cathedral remains off limits, and we are not yet able to offer docent-led tours at this time.
The COVID-19 pandemic and closures have severely impacted the Cathedral’s finances. We welcome your support to help sustain our ministries. Thank you!
When will the Cathedral reopen for worship?
We are hoping to open for worship services at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays in the summer of 2021. Please visit cathedral.org for updates.
Until then, we invite you to join us for daily prayer services and Sunday Eucharist via cathedral.org. You can also find all services on our worship page.
When will the Cathedral reopen for touring?
We’re not sure yet, but we’re working on it!
This summer, you can visit to experience “Les Colombes” (The Doves). Advance tickets are required. Get yours today!
As the public health conditions improve, we are hoping to offer individual and family visitors in the fall of 2021.
Is the Cathedral hosting weddings and funerals?
The Cathedral is open for private weddings and funerals, and some small event rentals, subject to size limitations and other public health concerns.
To inquire about a wedding ceremony or memorial service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What safety and health measures is the Cathedral taking?
In addition to regular, thorough cleanings, the Cathedral is frequently wiping down furniture and other commonly touched surfaces (such as door handles) using CDC-approved disinfectants. Our HVAC system has upgraded air filters.
Properly worn face masks are always required of our staff and visitors. All events and activities are being designed to ensure adequate social distancing. Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers will be available to guests throughout the Cathedral. Brochures and service bulletins will be made available on mobile devices whenever possible.
Are you taking reservations for future visits?
We are accepting reservation requests for individuals and family groups fewer than 14 and groups of 15 or more people for private tours in the possibility of being open. Please note these forms are requests only and are not a confirmation for visitation. We are not currently accepting requests for regular walk-in sightseeing.
Is the Cathedral open or available for private events?
The best way to learn more about hosting a small event at the Cathedral (either indoors or outdoors) is to email email@example.com
All events in the Cathedral are subject to size limits established by the D.C. government, and must also include social distancing, face masks and other public health measures.
If I can't come in person, are there ways to tour the Cathedral virtually?
My kids would love to visit. What's available for kids?
Is the Cathedral gift shop open?
The physical gift shop remains closed, but we are now able to fulfill online orders. Orders may take a little longer than normal to ship, but we invite you to browse our online shelves!
Is the Cathedral Café open?
Not yet, but we expect the cafe to reopen soon with outdoor seating. Please visit Open City at the National Cathedral’s website for status information.
I still have questions. Who do I contact?
If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for, please email us and we will get back to you!