The Xu Bing Exhibition and Vertical Tour of St John The Divine

Join us for a walking tour of the cathedral and climb through the walls to the top on the Vertical Tour. If you only want to do the exhibition and walk  of the cathedral there is no charge but please rsvp. If you want to do the Vertical Tour to the top, please pay below.

Vertical Tour:

On this adventurous, “behind-the-scenes” 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 on the roof with a sweeping view of Manhattan.


Over the course of two years, pioneering Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing culled detritus from construction sites across the rapidly changing urban landscape of Beijing, and transformed it into his most monumental project to date: Phoenix [masked]). A feat of engineering and ingenuity, Phoenix is composed of two birds, a male called Feng and a female called Huang. Feng and Huang—together weighing 12 tons and measuring 90 and 100 feet long, respectively—are now on view at the Cathedral. They hang suspended in the Nave, two majestic birds in perpetual flight beneath its celestial ceiling. Video:

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  • Barbara D.

    Thank you both for a great day!

    1 · July 12

  • Amida

    Those of u who did not attend missed a real gem. Excellent tour.

    1 · July 12

    • Pim Z.

      Thank you so much Amida, we had such a great afternoon!

      July 12

  • Susan

    Can't make this one......

    July 6

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