Tour FAQ

When are the murals available?

Docent-led tours on Saturdays: 11:00am, 12:00noon and 1:00pm. Tours at other times are by appointment only. Advance reservation and private tour requests: Take a Tour. Tours are not permitted during weekend masses at St. Nicholas Church — 6:00pm on Saturday and Noon on Sunday – or during Church-related activities.

When should we arrive?

Please try and arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of the hourly start time. If a tour has already started, we ask that you join the tour in progress or wait outside (weather-permitting) for the next tour.

Who leads the tours?

Trained and experienced docents including congregation members who have had direct contact with the Vanka family and, in some cases, witnessed the creation of the murals as children.

How long is the tour?

Tours are approximately 45 minutes. Docents are happy to answer questions during and after the tour.

What’s the cost of a tour?

Tours are free but 100% of donations from visitors and merchandise purchases support SPMMMV’s mission to conserve, light, educate and raise public awareness about the Murals. SPMMMV suggests a donation of $10 per person.

Donations are fully tax deductible. If a donation receipt is desired, please make sure that the docent has received all of your contact information.

Is there on-site parking?

Yes. Please follow directional signage upon arrival. Parking is in the Convent lot across from the church on Maryland Avenue. If your group is arriving by tour bus, please contact us for special instructions:

May we photograph/video the murals?

Flash photography is not permitted. Photography for personal use is allowed. SPMMMV makes a special request that any posts to publicly accessible websites or blogs include a link back to our website – – to assist us in our ongoing efforts to raise awareness and support for the murals. We also welcome submissions for inclusion on our website at:

Is the tour suitable for children?

It is suitable for children who are capable of paying quiet attention to a docent for at least one hour and appreciate the solemnity of their setting.

More questions?

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