The Cathedral welcomes and fosters relationships with diverse audiences by utilizing both physical and programmatic resources to spark interactive learning that strengthens and inspires discourse and community within the City, the Nation, and the World.
Our secular education programs enhance any subject area, including visual arts, English language arts, mathematics, comparative religions, and an array of social studies topics. They also enhance 21st century skills like creativity, critical thinking, and global competency. Through inquiry, close looking, object-based learning, and hands-on activities, we provide visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities the opportunity to experience the Cathedral in exciting and stimulating ways.
We do not offer eating areas in the Cathedral itself but there are gardens around the building available, weather permitting. Our neighborhood restaurant list is available upon request. In addition, local eatery Bernheim & Schwartz can be contacted to arrange boxed lunch delivery to your bus or a nearby park.
Public bathrooms are available within the Cathedral.
Explore the Morningside Heights neighborhood then and now by looking closely at archival images of the Cathedral’s construction, as well as maps and aerial images from the past and today. Think critically about ideas like community and welcome and learn about one of New York City’s largest structures.
social studies, geography, cultural connections, city planning, my community
virtual field trip
Enter the exciting world of the Middle Ages and appreciate the historic role cathedrals played as centers of culture, worship, trade, and pilgrimage. Explore how the role of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is similar to and different from a medieval cathedral.
history, medieval history, cultural connections, design thinking, city planning, art
virtual field trip
Take a deep-dive into the architectural design process and discover how geometric shapes and architectural principles formed the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Look closely at the importance of mathematical relationships that create stability and beauty throughout the building and gain an appreciation for how stone structures stand tall.
measurement & data, geometry, physics, engineering, technology, arts
virtual field trip
On this adventurous tour, virtually climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world’s largest cathedral. Using high-quality video footage, our educators will “walk” you through stories of the stained glass and sculpture and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral.
geometry, history, medieval history, engineering, art
virtual field trip
$150.00 per Tour Group for School Group
Do you want your students to observe, sketch or see a specific piece of art? Sign up for a self-guided tour!
medieval history, my community, arts, speaking & listening
$3.00 per Person for School Group
Imagine a community piece that could proudly stand in the Cathedral alongside Jewish menorahs, prayer chests from Thailand, and sculptures of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. This workshop challenges students to consider their own place as individuals and community members by creating a symbolic object that represents the community of their choice. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.3, SL.6, L.1, L.6
social justice, speaking & listening, myths & legends, writing
Decode the hidden stories throughout the Cathedral and learn the secret language of symbols by designing a coat of arms, sculpting a statue, and illuminating
a manuscript page to create uniquely personal symbols. CCSS.ELA-Literacy. CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.3, SL.6, L.1, L.2, L.6
medieval history, art, speaking & listening, myths & legends, folktales
Experience the architectural process by employing the three architectural principles: stability, function, and beauty. With the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as inspiration, use found and recycled materials to design and build a model of an original cathedral. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.6; CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3, MP.5, MP.6
geometry, patterns, physics, art, speaking & listening
Utilize tools and techniques of the
medieval scribe to learn about the evolution of bookmaking. Bind a book, create an illuminated letter, grind pigments, and practice calligraphy. CCSS.ELA-Literacy. CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.2, L.6
medieval history, art, literature
Discover the arts of the Middle Ages and of cathedral building. Carve a block of limestone; create an illuminated letter; sculpt a clay gargoyle; weave on a loom; make a brass rubbing; and design a stained glass collage. CCSS.ELA-Literacy. CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.2, L.6
medieval history, arts
We're happy to adapt programming to the needs and interests of each group. Please contact us to mix and match tours and workshops that best support what your students are learning.
math, medieval history, science, arts, speaking & listening
$14.00 per Person for School Group
Talk with Artist in Residence Chris Pellettieri about his work, and learn the variety of artistic and scienti c ways in which stone is used in the Cathedral! In this two-hour experiential workshop, practice with specialized tools in stone and plaster, plan a piece of architecture, and assemble
an arch. Chris will then demonstrate stone carving in a class project to take home.
Call (212) 932-7347 for rates. CCSS. ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1, R.1, R.7, SL.1, SL.2, & L.1; CCSS.Math.Practice.MP.1, MP.3
medieval history, physics, geology, arts, speaking & listening
$250.00 per Tour Group for School Group
Merge shape and line to master the art of geometry. Employ drafting tools to devise
a model elevation of a cathedral; create symmetrical patterns through stained glass and mosaic collages; design rose windows
or Celtic knots; and form an original origami peacock or church. Activities vary by age group. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.6; CCSS.Math.Practice.MP.5, MP.6
counting, geometry, patterns, arts
$8.00 per Person for School Group
$4.00 per Person for City School
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. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6
medieval history, physics, arts, speaking & listening, primary sources
$12.00 per Person for School Group
Appreciate the Cathedral as a “house of prayer for all people.” View and discuss the parallels between Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and the Vedic traditions
as they are represented in the Cathedral’s architecture and artwork. CCSS.ELA-Literacy. CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.3, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6
arts, informational texts, speaking & listening, primary sources, myths & legends, folktales