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Mother Marianne's reliquary
Reliquary in Chapel at Motherhouse. Saint Marianne's remains were transferred to this reliquary on her Feastday on January 23, 2009

Shrine & Museum of Saint Marianne Cope
St. Anthony Convent
1024 Court Street
Syracuse, NY 13208

Visiting Hours 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays

Please call ahead for for large group tours.

The museum and gift shop will be closed during the month of May (except for previously scheduled tours) in order to prepare for the opening of our new location in summer 2014. The chapel will remain open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. through May 24, 2014.


Located at St. Anthony Convent of the Sisters of
St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y. the shrine and museum provide wonderful information about the life and legacy of St. Marianne Cope, from her early life in Utica, to her health care ministry in New York and with people with Hansen's disease (leprosy) in Hawaii.
Exhibits and artifacts illustrate Mother Marianne's life, her many accomplishments, and the canonization process. Helpful docents are also on hand to orient you to highlights of the shrine
and museum.

Colorful exhibit rooms are of great interest to visitors with their exceptional number of relics and primary documents. All four rooms have historical documents and pictorial representations. 

Exhibit Room One:  As one enters the door of the main display room, one's attention is drawn to a well lighted area with inbuilt wall exhibit cases with personal items all touched by Mother Marianne as well as bright photos on the walls of recent happenings such as her Beatification. One's attention is taken by a large mural on a side wall entitled "The Story of Mother Marianne" with photos illustrating her life from birth to death. In one wall cabinet, the original poetic tribute for the radiant ministry of the Franciscan nuns that Robert Louis Stevenson gave into her possession personally catches most visitors' admiration. 

The Hawaiian Islands Room
The Main Display Room

Exhibit Room Two:  The Hawaiian Islands Room. Mother Marianne's service in Hawaii is commemorated by a poster display of important events of her life in Hawaii and contributions; an exhibit case of Mother Marianne's religious articles; collages of photos taken at Molokai featuring those who served at the settlement during and after her time; Mother's medical scales. Several relics of St. Damien are in a wall cabinet including such treasures as a vestment, a cruet, a cane and his medical book.  

The Communications Room
The Main Display Room

Exhibit Room Three:  The Communications Room. Photo albums of past and present; a television where relevant videos can be viewed.

Exhibit Room Four:  Community origins and Central New York room. A poster display with significant facts of Mother Marianne's early family life and life in religion; an exhibit table with a representative copy of early registers of St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. with entries made by Mother Marianne.

The mural in the main exhibit room

The mural in the main exhibit room resplendent with its numerous photos is nearly two feet high and 8 feet in length.Many of her famous quotations are integrated with dates, images, and important captions. The goal is to leave the viewer knowing much of the story of her life, her dedication and the people she touched and the works she initiated. Photos give much understanding of the sacrifices made in her life story making the total impact one of great emotion combined with a memorable learning experience. Visitors may leave their petitions to St. Marianne on the wall near the shrine.

Lady viewing the mural
Visitors attaching petitions on the wall


Link to Map

From the North: Take I-81 South, Exit 25 - Seventh North. At end of ramp, turn left and proceed straight until the road ends (1.3 miles). Turn right onto Court Street, then turn left at next light onto Grant Boulevard. Enter Parking lot on left, halfway up the block.

From the South: Take I-81 North, Exit 22 - Court Street. Bear left when coming off the exit. Don't take Danforth Street but turn right onto Court Street. Proceed approximately 0.7 miles on Court Street (eight blocks) to Grant Boulevard. Turn right onto Grant Boulevard. Enter parking lot on left, halfway up the block.

From the West: Take I-690 East to Exit 9 - Bear Street. Stay straight till the end (approximately 1.6 miles). Turn right onto Grant Boulevard. After first light, enter parking lot on left, halfway up the block.

From East: Take I-690 West to Exit 15 - Midler Avenue. Bear left and turn right at the first light onto Midler Ave. At second light (approximately 0.7 miles) turn left onto James Street and go six lights (0.4 miles) then turn right onto Grant Boulevard. Follow Grant Blvd. for 2 miles. After passing Grant School and after the stop sign, enter parking lot on right, halfway down the block, one block before the Court Steet intersection.

From the NYS Thruway: Take Exit 36, then get on I-81 South a very short way to Exit 25 - Seventh North. At end of ramp, turn left and proceed straight until the road ends (1.3 miles). Turn right onto Court Street, then left at next light onto Grant Boulevard. Enter parking lot on left, halfway up the block.