The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Review - Another Uniquely St. Louis Treasure

4.75 stars

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Takeaway. Another Uniquely St. Louis Treasure. Appreciated by adults, not by kids. I stopped going to these kinds of museums after being dragged around by my parents. If you're like me and my buddies, you've driven past here hundreds of times and never gone in.

Go in.

It takes thirty minutes to walk around. It's an over-the-top, Trumpian display of ridiculous papal wealth, but it's pretty cool. Make sure to head to the basement for a quick tour of the Mosaic Museum to see how they built the Cathedral's ceilings.

You can stop by between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. ith a lot in the pack and plenty of street parking.

Table Of Contents: Overview | Exhibits | Details & Info

Cathedral Basilica signage


  • 4431 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
  • (314) 373-8200
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Yelp - 4.9 stars - 164 ratings
  • TripAdvisor - 5.0 stars - 3,116 ratings
  • Google Maps - 4.9 stars - 3,306 ratings


Monday7 AM–5 PM
Tuesday7 AM–5 PM
Wednesday7 AM–5 PM
Thursday7 AM–5 PM
Friday7 AM–5 PM
Saturday7 AM–5 PM
Sunday7 AM–5 PM


The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Summary

I read up on the Cathedral Basilica before heading over before lunch on a Friday.

I had driven and walked past the Basilica tens of times in my travels around the city, but never stopped. You just have to walk up the steps to the giant doors and open them. They keep the Cathedral open basically all the time, from 7 am to 5 pm.

Cathedral Basilica building selfie

Adults will appreciate the entire experience much more than children, at least in my sample of one. I hated these kinds of museums when I was a kid, but you get it as soon as you step into the dome as an adult. There's an unfathomable amount of time, money, and energy behind the decoration inside this behemoth of a building.

Cathedral Basilica aerial

The entire ceiling is a giant mosaic. They assembled each tiny piece of glass on the ground in small puzzles, which were brought up to the ceiling in chunks.

The entire thing is amazing. But I also feel like in 2024, we should somehow use all this pent-up amazingness and value for the greater good of the city.

Cathedral Basilica front Cathedral Basilica Entrance

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Things To Do

Taking from the marketing material, I pieced together all the parts of the Cathedral. I don't know if I took pictures of all of them, but the bingo card for exhibits includes:


Cathedral Basilica Left Cathedral Basilica Main Pathway Cathedral Basilica Right


Cathedral Basilica Dome 1 Cathedral Basilica Dome 2


Cathedral Basilica alter


Cathedral Basilica Side Chapel West Cathedral Basilica Side Chapel Two


Cathedral Basilica Pews Cathedral Basilica pew facing alter Cathedral Basilica self pews


Cathedral Basilica mosiac close up Cathedral Basilica Behind Pews Cathedral Basilica's Mosiac Template

Pieta Replica

Cathedral Basilica's Pieta Replica

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis has a limited-time exhibition of a life-sized bronze replica of Michelangelo's Pietà. Located in the vestibule at the base of the stairs leading to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, this masterful artwork offers visitors a chance to witness the sublime expression of Michelangelo's genius.

Mosaic Museum

Cathedral Basilica's Mosiac Museum

Tucked in the basement next to the bathrooms, the Mosiac Museum adds context to the entire Cathedral. It might actually be a better idea to visit the Mosiac Museum before going back upstairs to the main dome.

The museum provides background on how they made the building and the ceiling. It has models of the Cathedral and examples of how the workers put together the mosaics.

Cathedral Basilica's Mosiac Museum Exhibits Cathedral Basilica's behind lock and key Cathedral Basilica's Arms


Cathedral Basilica Building Cathedral Basilica Back Of Building

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Details And Info

Cathedral Basilica's hours

The Cathedral Basilica is open from 7 am to 5 pm every day. It's available to the general public when they do not have mass. It's possible to schedule a tour, and I'm pretty sure I saw one taking place while I was there.

Mass Schedule

Daily Masses are celebrated Monday - Friday at 7:00 am, 8:00 am, and 12:05 pm and Saturday at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday Masses are celebrated at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m., with a vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Cathedral Basilica's Cathedral Concerts

Parking At The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Cathedral Basilica's parking

You can either park on the street or in a dedicated lot in the back of the building. I haven't been on a busy Sunday for mass, but there's infinite street parking on a normal day.

Cathedral Basilica's parking lot

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Receipt

Cathedral Basilica's Selfie

Related Saint Louis Place Reviews

Join The Newsletter

Weekly reviews of restaurants, parks, and things to do All Around Saint Louis.