The Great Organ

A Grand Instrument

The great organ of Washington National Cathedral was built by the Ernest M. Skinner & Son Organ Company and installed in 1938. The instrument consists of 189 ranks and 10,647 pipes.

Organ Details


Installed during the Cathedral’s construction, the great organ has been revised and enlarged over the years to accommodate the changing needs of the Cathedral.

View the great organ’s specifications

Organ Demonstrations

Person playing organ

Most Mondays & Wednesdays12:30 pm

Learn and listen at one of our regularly scheduled organ demonstrations.

The Organ Project

Two renowned organ builders have been chosen to build new instruments for the Cathedral.

Learn more »

Organ Recitals

Through the 2015–2016 concert season, join us most Sunday afternoons for a recital on the Cathedral’s great organ by Cathedral organists and organists from around the world.

See schedule »

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee. Learn more about parking options for individuals and groups.