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Space, Light & Sound: an Immersive Lighting Experience Monday February 10 2020 at 8:30 PM

× Session 3: 8:30 – 9:15pm (doors open at 8:15)

You’ve seen the colorful Cathedral on Instagram, and now see it for yourself! Marvel at a vast, open space unlike anything in Washington. Sit on the floor or wander around, immersed in an organic and unique lighting experience.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday February 11 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Tuesday February 11 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Swords and Dragons, Faith and Renewal Tuesday February 11 2020 at 1:00 PM

× Tuesday 11 February at 1:00 PM
Discover Washington National Cathedral as never before! Examine the themes of sacrifice, death, and resurrection through the realm of dragons, swords, and thrones as depicted in stained glass, wood carvings, and stone.

Behind the Scenes Tour Tuesday February 11 2020 at 1:30 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Musical Performance: Each Flows Into the Other Tuesday February 11 2020 at 7:00 PM

× 7 pm to 9 pm (doors open at 6:30)

Bryan Christian's work “Each flows into the other,” performed by R. Andrew Lee, is a 2-hour musical exploration of sound and space.

Seeing Deeper Special Photography Access Wednesday February 12 2020 at 8:45 AM

× Wednesday, February 12 2020 at 8:45 AM
During our annual week of "Seeing Deeper," we move all of the chairs out of the Cathedral's nave to show off the architecture. This session starts 75 minutes before the building opens to the public, so you won't have the crowds to interrupt your views ... just watch out for your fellow photographers!

Sightseeing Admission Wednesday February 12 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesday February 12 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Symbolism & Artistry in Wnc Wednesday February 12 2020 at 1:00 PM

× Discover the symbolism of the Cathedral’s stone, stained glass and fabric art which, like that crafted by medieval cathedral artisans, illustrates the, “…Divine purpose which animates human endeavor…” Learn to read the art’s unfolding stories by decoding the symbols’ meanings on this in-depth tour.

Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesday February 12 2020 at 1:30 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Yoga Night Wednesday February 12 2020 at 7:00 PM

× 7 pm (doors open at 6:30)

All levels of experience are welcome to join this class in partnership with Flow Yoga Center.

Morning Yoga Thursday February 13 2020 at 7:00 AM

× 7 am (doors open at 6:30)

All levels of experience are welcome to join this class in partnership with Flow Yoga Center.

Sightseeing Admission Thursday February 13 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Thursday February 13 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Jewels of Light Thursday February 13 2020 at 1:00 PM

× In this introduction to the stained glass windows, learn about the tales they tell, from God’s creation of the universe to stories from American history to the Last Judgment. While walking through the Cathedral, you will witness the stylistic evolution of Cathedral windows from 1911 to the 2000’s and learn about the creation process, which combines artistry and technical skill. In this tour, you will also discover how to “read” a window, decoding symbols that add meaning and depth to each lancet.

Behind the Scenes Tour Thursday February 13 2020 at 1:30 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Sightseeing Admission Friday February 14 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Friday February 14 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Women in Cathedral Art and History Friday February 14 2020 at 1:00 PM

× Where else can you see Joan of Arc and Eleanor Roosevelt in one place? Women of great influence are to be found in the statuary, needlepoint and stained glass of the Cathedral. Hear their tales and look upon the faces and symbols of these revolutionary thinkers, visionaries and saints.

About In-depth Tours
In-depth Tours tours offer a special, in-depth look at aspects of Cathedral artisanship for visitors aged 10 and older. Reservations are suggested as attendance is limited.

Cost: $22 per adult and $18 per child, senior, military, and student (includes Cathedral admission cost)

Behind the Scenes Tour Friday February 14 2020 at 1:30 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Angels and Monsters Tower Climb Friday February 14 2020 at 2:00 PM

× Climb the Cathedral’s two western towers and discover a close-up look at many gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around these two towers (about 125 feet above the ground). The climb ends on the very top of the northwest tower, which provides the best views of the Cathedral itself, and 360-degree views of the surrounding area (over 200 feet above the ground).The tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes and costs $50/person.

Festival of Sacred Music Friday February 14 2020 at 4:30 PM

× February 14-16, 2020
For centuries, Christians have set sacred stories in song to praise and glorify God, giving voice to the deepest longings of the heart. Join Washington National Cathedral as we celebrate the beauty, breadth and power of liturgical music at the 2020 Sacred Choral Music Festival on February 14–16.

Led by Canon Michael McCarthy and the Cathedral music staff, the festival invites adults and young choral musicians to participate as we celebrate our passion for liturgical music together in the spiritual home for our nation.

Enchantment Under the Sea Prom Friday February 14 2020 at 7:30 PM

× Dive into a magical underwater experience with our Second Chance Prom, where everyone gets a do-over on the high school dances they want to relive, forget or experience for the first time. We provide the crepe-paper seaweed, bubbles and snacks for our evening of Enchantment Under the Sea, and all you need to bring is your sweetie, bestie, or just yourself to the best Valentine’s Day dance party in Washington.

Combination Tower Climb (Limited Tickets Available) Saturday February 15 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Our Combination Tower Climb combines the Bell Tower and Angels and Monsters Tower Climbs into one unforgettable tour. This climb lasts about two and a half hours and costs $75 per person.

Behind the Scenes Tour Saturday February 15 2020 at 1:00 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Sightseeing Admission Monday February 17 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday February 18 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Tuesday February 18 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Tuesday February 18 2020 at 1:30 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Sightseeing Admission Wednesday February 19 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesday February 19 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesday February 19 2020 at 1:30 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Thursday February 20 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Thursday February 20 2020 at 1:30 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Haydn: Seven Last Words of Christ Thursday February 20 2020 at 7:30 PM

× One of Franz Joseph Haydn’s greatest works is the set of sonatas collectively known as the “Seven Last Words of Christ.” The composer’s aim was to make this work accessible to everybody, regardless of their musical or religious background: “Each sonata, or movement, is expressed in such a way that even the most uninitiated listener will be moved to the very depths of their soul.”

Behind the Scenes Tour Friday February 21 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Friday February 21 2020 at 1:30 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Angels and Monsters Tower Climb Friday February 21 2020 at 2:00 PM

× Climb the Cathedral’s two western towers and discover a close-up look at many gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around these two towers (about 125 feet above the ground). The climb ends on the very top of the northwest tower, which provides the best views of the Cathedral itself, and 360-degree views of the surrounding area (over 200 feet above the ground).The tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes and costs $50/person.

Combination Tower Climb Saturday February 22 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Our Combination Tower Climb combines the Bell Tower and Angels and Monsters Tower Climbs into one unforgettable tour. This climb lasts about two and a half hours and costs $75 per person.

Behind the Scenes Tour Saturday February 22 2020 at 1:00 PM

× Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Artmaking As Spiritual Practice Sunday February 23 2020 at 2:30 PM

× This spring, explore artmaking and spiritual practice on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. Each week combines a spiritual discipline (silence, observing nature, intentional movement, meditation) with art making activities. Using a variety of materials, craft images as a response to your surroundings and senses. Each session engages a different discipline and location within the Cathedral so come to one or all of the programs. No previous experience with art or contemplation is necessary, only curiosity and a willingness to engage the creative process.

Sightseeing Admission Monday February 24 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday February 25 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Bell Tower Climb Friday February 28 2020 at 2:00 PM

× Climb to the ringing chamber, over 300 steps high in the Cathedral’s central tower. From here, visitors will find the best possible view of Washington, DC. The climb includes multiple views inside the Cathedral itself, up-close views of stained glass, and access to some of the Cathedral’s oldest stairs. This tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes and costs $40 per person.

Paying Attention to the Sacred in Daily Life Saturday February 29 2020 at 9:00 AM

× Join us for this special Lenten retreat day with guest spiritual director and retreat leader Nancy Bieber.

Making the City Your Monastery: A Day of Retreat Saturday February 29 2020 at 9:30 AM

× Have you ever needed a day away, but weren’t able to get out of the city? Have you ever wanted to take a personal retreat but didn’t know what your heart desired from the few hours you had available? Have you ever wondered where to go, or what to do once you “began retreating?” If you answered YES to any of these questions, come join us for this day retreat at the Washington National Cathedral.

Sightseeing Admission Saturday February 29 2020

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  • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
  • Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
  • Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Combination Tower Climb Saturday February 29 2020 at 10:30 AM

× Our Combination Tower Climb combines the Bell Tower and Angels and Monsters Tower Climbs into one unforgettable tour. This climb lasts about two and a half hours and costs $75 per person.

An Armenian Odyssey Wednesday March 4 2020 at 7:30 PM

× Join the Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence, Post Classical Ensemble, for a celebration of a national saga of struggle and resilience. Visual artist Kevork Mourad creates a sensuous multi-media meditation that ponders how crossing cultural boundaries can inspire tolerance and understanding, showcasing cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and composer Vache Sharafyan.

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