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Saint John Paul II National Shrine

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Was the highlight of my trip to be able to go here and see all the wonderful displays about Saint... read more

Reviewed December 13, 2018
Charlottetown, Canada
Exceptional shrine

Went to the WWI memorial on 11 Nov. The chapel is beautiful with excellent sound. The shrine is... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2018
Bear H
Williamsburg, Virginia
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The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is a place of pilgrimage, learning, and prayer. It was designated as a National Shrine by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2014. Visitors are welcome to attend daily Mass in the Redemptor Hominis...more
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3900 Harewood Rd NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1505
+1 202-635-5400
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

Was the highlight of my trip to be able to go here and see all the wonderful displays about Saint John Paul II. A beautiful shrine that highlights the life of an amazing man. Its only a short walk down the street from the largest...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

This is a very beautiful church inside. Don't forget to explore the basement downstairs for more history and shrines from around the world.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

Went to the WWI memorial on 11 Nov. The chapel is beautiful with excellent sound. The shrine is worth a visit if you are in the NE part of DC to see the exhibits and the mosaics in the chapel. Plenty of free parking and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bear H
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Even if you are not of the Catholic faith, you should tour this museum. Wonderful pictures depict the history and impact of this great saint. The shrine also has a first class relic of Pope John Paul II.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

I don’t know why they have put a statue of someone that aided in keeping child abuse out of the public eye but they have.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

As a good Catholic, I was intrigued by this shrine so I opted to take my parents there. It is free to enter and has its own parking. The upstairs is home to a church and a relics chapel. Downstairs is where the Gift of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

St. John Paul II devotees will not be disappointed. The variety of the exhibits is amazing. The video presentations are very moving. Various relics can be seen and the chapel is so beautiful. Saw more memorabilia about St. JP2 here than in Rome... worth the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018

I am a dedicated Roman Catholic so i have to say that this place although nice, surprised me with not having a lot of stuff to see nor do. The area is gorgeous, the building is huge. The scale of everything is misleading because you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Ken B, Director of Pilgrimage and Visitor Services at Saint John Paul II National Shrine, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Thank you for your recent visit to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. We are happy you came to visit and are also saddened to hear we did not earn a 5-star review. We strive to provide superb experiences for all of our visitors....More

Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived, but I am so in awe with the gallery. You start off with a short film and then view the gallery. If you’re a person like me that like to read everything and let it sink...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

I'm not Catholic but my wife is and I thought she would enjoy going here based on TA reviews. We showed up in time to catch noon Mass on Saturday. It was nicely done. We then stayed to do the group tour, which took about...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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October 29, 2016|
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Response from r00sfamily | Reviewed this property |
Oh, yes, there is plenty of parking at the Shrine, behind the building. You have to drive down the driveway to behind the building where you will find a large parking lot. Then you walk to the front of the building.
April 11, 2015|
Response from Eugene R | Reviewed this property |
I assume the questioner is talking about public transportation. The Washington METRO subway/elevated system will get you there with one transfer. At Reagan National Airport Station, take a yellow line train headed toward... More