Saint John Paul II National Shrine

Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Washington DC

Saint John Paul II National Shrine

Saint John Paul II National Shrine
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 Church, and to pray in the Luminous Mysteries Chapel, which contains a first-class blood relic of Saint John Paul II. Both sacred spaces are adorned with intricately beautiful mosaics that glorify and praise God. Our permanent exhibit, "A Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II," lets visitors to walk in the footsteps of John Paul II by tracing his life and legacy. More information can be found on our website.
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Tracy D
Tonawanda, NY37 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Could not have been more pleased with this stunning tribute to JPII! Moving exhibits detailing his life and dedication to our Lord and Mother complete with Relics. Spend some time and immerse yourself in the amazing life, ministry and obedience. Truly remarkable. A Saint whom has intimately touched our lives in so many ways. Grateful for the opportunity
Written January 11, 2020
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p0lak
Winchester, UK201 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
Drove past this on the way to the Cathedral down the road and WOW! We found this better than the DC landmarks. So interesting and so much to see. We were inside for a couple of hours and it was highly interactive.

I really recommend a stop off there, especially if you have any connection (e.g. Polish heritage).
Written January 9, 2015
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KCFoodLover
234 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Juan Pablo - Segundo - Te Quiero todo el mundo!

Giovanni Paolo -- Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!

If you are a follower of this beloved Pope then this is the place to get to now the man, the spiritual inner man and the leader of Catholics. Every image, every artefact is itself a source of inspiration and reflection ... and ... a relic!

I felt was at Church (as there is a Chapel there where Mass is said daily), museum and a retreat centre ... all rolled into one!

I spent the morning touring the museum and then spent some time in front of his relic in the Chapel giving praise to God for the gift of Pope John Paul II.

Come down! you won't be disappointed!
Written March 24, 2015
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Pittsburgh, PA45,337 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
The Pope John Paul memorial shrine is a moving tribute to one of the greatest popes in history. Visit on your own without a tour to not be rushed like I was.
Written April 11, 2018
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GJMiller11
Euclid, OH148 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
History and Mystery Intertwine Here! The permanent exhibit on the life and legacy of Pope St John Paul II in so powerfully presented that it alone would be worth a two hour visit. While prayerfully pondering one stage in the exhibit, I heard the Lord prompt me to speak to a group of college students gathered in front of me. They were looking over the next stage, the display concerning Pope St. JPII's World Youth Days. I was blessed to be at the 1993 WYD gathering in Denver, and doubly blessed to experience several miracles there. At the Lord's urging, I asked them if they wanted to hear about that experience. They listened in absolute rapture as I related what for me had been several surreal-real-life experiences: a miraculous double-rainbow over the stadium as JPII concluded his remarks to the crowd there; a miraculous calling to help lead a rosary procession with 10's of thousands through the streets of Denver just because we were ushered by the Spirit to sit in two open seats near the stage; a miraculous spirit of kindness and patience displayed by 500,000 people encamped together in one field overnight with temps approaching 100 degrees, but everyone miraculously looking out for others' needs. By God's grace, my experiences became part of the exhibit for that young group for whom the display was otherwise for them about prenatal history. Also by God's grace, there is within the Luminous Mysteries Chapel at the Shrine a reliquary with blood from Pope St John Paul II. There is a midday Mass offering each day in the main Shrine Basilica. Availing ourselves of these oases for prayer while visiting the exhibits on St John Paul II and (at least when we were there in January, 2017) St Thomas More (an outstanding exhibit), we found that history and mystery were intertwined here. That the sense of the Holy Spirit's presence was palpable as we (were) moved from one stage to another within the exhibits. Definitely a place to be experienced, not merely visited.
Written February 8, 2017
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IslandMB
Rochester Hills, MI219 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
I had a fantastic visit in all aspects. I was greeted upon my arrival with a smile and given a quick overview of what to see. There is an introductory video that is awesome. The various exhibits provide wonderful insight into each stage of life for St. John Paul.

First, you travel back to the formation of John Paul - his early years with family, life as a student/actor, and Poland under Nazism and Communism. There is great depth to why he became a priest and what shaped his character despite the many challenges.

From parish priest, to Bishop to Pope .... you get a clear understanding on each step in his vocation. Images, artifacts and videos give great insight. The papacy of John Paul is well explored - the depth of this faith, the assassination attempt, evangelizing the world, along with his teachings such as Gospel of Life and Theology of the Body. And yes, you also see John Paul grow old and struggle physically - what a witness to the dignity of human life!

If you are interested in knowing St. John Paul, or learning further about his life and papacy ..... this is an absolute 'must see'!!!

I will return to the Shrine at my next opportunity!!!
Written May 19, 2015
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travelislifegal
Washington DC, DC99 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
I've lived in the DC area for about 17 years, so my family has seen most of the monuments, museums, etc. in that timeframe. Last week my mom was visiting and wanted to see the National Basilica. It's a great place to visit. While there, my mom picked up a pamphlet for the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. We decided to walk over and check it out.

From the outside, the construction of the new chapel makes it look like the entire shrine isn't open yet, but I'm so glad we took the chance and walked the long driveway to see if it was open. It was!

The museum itself was extremely moving and informative. The movies, pictures, artifacts and stories allowed us to know him better. We were there for about 2 hours. There was no entrance fee and the staff were very friendly. I can't wait to take other out-of-town guests here! Very impressed!
Written March 15, 2015
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JackUpstateNY
Upstate NY4 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
I visited the Shrine on November 3, 2014. The Pope John II Exhibit on the lower level is wonderful! John Paul's life is beautifully displayed through outstanding photography in both photo and movie format. The papal relics and quotations from his many inspirational talks brought his papacy to life. I left the exhibit feeling prayerful and renewed.

A temporary chapel and temporary gift shop are located on the building's main floor. They will soon be replaced by a 500 seat devotional chapel, so there are more great things to come! I encourage everyone to visit the Shrine, especially my Brother Knights of Columbus.
Written November 10, 2014
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Scott8446
Glasgow, UK926 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
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. Something to see
Written July 8, 2021
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Amie
North York, Canada5 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Art work in Ceiling is so nice and place is clean and solemn worth to visit this church and if you are a nineties babies and world youth and you know pope john paul exhibit of about him us to see this the place
Written January 8, 2020
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