Tour FAQ

Tour FAQ

When are the murals available?

Docent-led tours on Saturdays: 11:00am and 12:30pm.

Private tours at other times are by appointment only and must be requested preferably at least a week in advance. A minimum of 8 people or a donation of $80 is required. Tours are not available after 3:00pm on Saturday or before 12:30pm on Wednesday.

Advance reservation (including pre-payment of admission fee) and private tour requests: Take a Tour.

Please remember that St. Nicholas is an active parish. Mural viewing is NOT allowed during Mass at 5:00pm on Saturday or 8:00am on Wednesday or during other Church-related activities.

When should we arrive?

Please try and arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of the tour start time. If you arrive late, you may join a tour in progress or wait for the next one. The $10 admission is still required.

Who leads the tours?

Trained and experienced docents including congregation members who have had direct contact with the Vanka family.

How long is the tour?

Tours are approximately 60 minutes. Docents are happy to answer questions during and after the tour.

What’s the cost of a tour?

Tours are $10 per person. Tour admission and merchandise help to conserve and light the Murals. They are also essential to SPMMMV’s mission to guarantee access to the Murals for the general public.

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 available in the Convent lot across from the church on Maryland Avenue and around the church. 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. Any other photography must be approved by SPMMMV. For more information, please contact Anna Doering, Managing Director, at: or leave a message: 412-408-3180.

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.

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