Grace Cathedral launches a new experience for visitors | Business and finance


Today, Grace Cathedral happily reopens its doors to the public after closing exactly two years ago due to the pandemic. Today, Grace Cathedral joins great cathedrals around the world in providing an elevated visitor experience. The cathedral is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday for visitors.

A docent guides students through The Highlights Tour. The first of many themed experiences at Grace Cathedral. Photo by Alina Dennis.

Cathedral staff used the time of closure to assess and reimagine Grace through the eyes of the more than 70,000 people who visit the cathedral each year outside of service hours. After much planning and discussion with the Grace community, as well as the Cathedral’s many visitors and arts professionals, Grace has installed the first of many professionally curated visitor experiences to help visitors appreciate the architecture, artifacts, artistic offerings and history of the cathedral.

“We have spent countless hours developing interactive, self-guided, guide-led tours so that each visitor can truly delve into the history of Grace Cathedral and understand how it has been the center of so many cultural, civic and spiritual movements important to San Francisco, the country and even the world,” said The Very Reverend Malcolm Clemens Young, ThD, Dean of Grace Cathedral. “We hope that everyone will leave here with the feeling of wonder and wonder that we have every day, and that they will know that Grace is a home for them, regardless of religion, nationality, their race or age.”

In fall 2021, the cathedral hired museum membership expert Julie Knight to bring the vision of a robust visitor experience to life. “It has been extremely rewarding to take my experiences from the museum world and apply them to such a beautiful and important place as Grace Cathedral. We have worked to develop relevant and engaging content on each stage of the tour. We hope this helps every visitor enjoy this wonderful place as much as those of us who work here every day,” said Julie Knight, Director of Cultural Membership and Visitor Experience at Grace Cathedral.

The new Visitor Experience will take visitors through a Highlights Tour, the first of many themed experiences. The Highlights Tour features 18 artifacts across 12 professionally curated touchscreen stops, bringing each station to life with unique interactive digital experiences. Each station will allow visitors to better understand the history and significance of artifacts and architectural details. Visitors can experience the tour in self-guided or docent-led formats. Two other thematic visits will be available this summer; more are planned for 2023. Each tour will showcase different aspects of the cathedral so visitors can return again and again and learn something new with each visit.

The cathedral will be open to visitors Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $12. Seniors 65 and over cost $10. Youth and young adults ages 12-22 are $10 and kids 11 and under are free. Visitors can purchase timed tickets for self-guided or guided tours, here.

The cathedral is open to everyone on Sundays for services and general visits free of charge and will always be open free of charge for religious services and prayer.

Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal Church in the heart of San Francisco and the 3rd largest Episcopal Cathedral in the United States. Grace Cathedral is a house of prayer for all who serve the community and its congregation with courage, joy and wonder through prayer, the arts and connection in its many forms. The cathedral is renowned as a destination for visitors from all over the world who come to see its striking architecture, stunning stained glass windows, two labyrinths, interfaith AIDS chapel, listen to the Aeolian-Skinner organ and the various cathedral choirs, and to participate in its beautiful traditional and contemporary expressions of spirituality and prayer. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit

Catherine Bormann for Grace Cathedral [email protected] 415-500-0620



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PUBLISHED: 03/16/2022 09:00/DISC: 03/16/2022 09:02

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