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Saint John Paul II National Shrine

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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A True Inspiration

Even if you are not of the Catholic faith, you should tour this museum. Wonderful pictures depict... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
Amazing exhibits

St. John Paul II devotees will not be disappointed. The variety of the exhibits is amazing. The... read more

Reviewed August 21, 2018
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“his life”(23 reviews)
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 4 weeks ago

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Reviewed June 27, 2018

We were very touched by the life of Saint John Paul II. We read about his life before going, but our eyes still fill with tears to see the struggle of our brothers and sisters in Poland. And the role that Saint John Paul II...More

Thank veryyellow
Reviewed June 4, 2018

Don't overlook this Shrine! This is located directly across from the campus of The Catholic University of America and The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate conception. It's a very powerful and touching moment as one approaches the status of St.John II. The...More

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Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

Driver was professional, courteous, and on-time which caused me to have a very peaceful and pleasant visit. Very happy!

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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