Frequently Asked Questions


Is the Cathedral open for worship?

The Cathedral will reopen for weekly Sunday worship services at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Please note that face masks are required for all worshippers. Doors open at 10:15 a.m.

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.

All services are available on our YouTube channel.

Why are face masks still required?

We are following the guidance of the D.C. Department of Public Health, which strongly recommends face masks in areas where vaccinated and unvaccinated people are present. We will continue to follow this guidance (and make adjustments as necessary) for as long as we remain in a declared public health pandemic.

Are reservations required for worship?

Reservations are not required for Sunday worship. The Cathedral is a big space and we should be able to welcome everyone. If you’d prefer to sit in a section that allows more room for social distancing, please see an usher for assistance.

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 eventrentals@cathedral.org.

Is the Cathedral open for visitors?

The Cathedral is not yet open for general touring.

We have limited opening for visits to experience the “Les Colombes” (The Doves) exhibit through July 2021. 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 touring?

We’re not sure yet, but we’re working on it! Last year, we made the very painful budgetary decision to reduce the size of our staff, and right now we’re in the process of building back our team so that we can welcome you soon. 

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?

Yes! The Cathedral is open for weddings and funerals. To inquire about a wedding ceremony or memorial service, please contact eventrentals@cathedral.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.  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?

Yes! The best way to learn more about hosting a small event at the Cathedral (either indoors or outdoors) is to email eventrentals@cathedral.org

For now, all events in the Cathedral require face masks and other public health measures recommended by the D.C. government. 

If I can't come in person, are there ways to tour the Cathedral virtually?

Yes! We welcome you to browse some of our popular spots on the interior and exterior and check out themed galleries that explore Cathedral art and architecture on everything from music to animals to civil rights.

My kids would love to visit. What's available for kids?

We can’t wait to welcome your kids back to the Cathedral. In the meantime, you can download coloring pages of Cathedral artwork and gargoyles, and you can buy online bricks to our LEGO Cathedral. We’ll send you photos of the LEGO Cathedral that you helped build!

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!