Museum & Special Exhibits
The Basilica Museum houses hundreds of artifacts and antiques, dating back to the 17th Century. Items include the tabernacle once kept by the family of John Carroll in their chapel, Cardinal Gibbons' vestments, letters between various Presidents and Archbishops, and altar vessels used during the Basilica’s earliest days.
The Basilica Museum is part of the guided tour.
The Basilica's Temporary Exhibit space, located in the undercroft, also displays special exhibits. Currently being featured is: Sacred Stitches: An Historic Vestment Exhibit at the Baltimore Basilica. The exhibit includes James Cardinal Gibbons’ golden vestments, which he wore during the Third Plenary Council in 1884 (the Basilica Museum showcases the matching chalice veil and burse); a set of Irish Poplin vestments from the bishop and clergy of the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, to Archbishop Michael J. Curley, which feature stunning hand-stitched Celtic designs; along with several other beautiful and historic vestments.