Tours

  • Madeline L'Engle: Cathedral ConnectionsGrades 4-12 Madeline L’Engle, long-time Cathedral librarian and author of A Wrinkle in Time, has inspired thousands of students through her books. On this tour, students will discuss L’Engle’s connections to the Cathedral, see sources of her inspiration, and visit physical locations referenced in her writings, including the library where she worked for 30 years. $8 per student; NYC public schools - call for special rates. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA. R.1, R.2, R.3, R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.4, L.1, L.3, L.4
  • Medieval JourneyGrades K-12 Enter the exciting world of the Middle Ages, and appreciate the historic role cathedrals played as centers of culture, worship, art, and pilgrimage. Discover the ways in which the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is similar to and different from a medieval cathedral. $8 per student; NYC public schools - call for special rates. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.3, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6
  • Geometry and Architecture Grades K-8 Discover geometric shapes and architectural principles within the Cathedral's design, including the traditional cross-shaped floor plan, Romanesque and Gothic arches, and patterns in stone and glass. Examine the importance of mathematical relationships that create stability and beauty throughout the building. $8 per student; NYC public schools - call for special rates. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6; CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3, MP6
  • On Common GroundGrades 4-12 Decode the rich imagery in the Cathedral and learn to "read" the stories portrayed in the statues, stained glass, and architecture. Decode the rich imagery in the Cathedral and consider the variety of ways people use symbols, both today and throughout history. $8 per student; NYC public schools - call for special rates. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.3, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6
  • VerticalGrades 7-12 On this adventurous tour, climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world's largest cathedral. Learn stories through stained glass windows and sculpture, and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress. The tour culminates with a great view of Manhattan. $12 per student. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6