Vatican museum is the collection of artworks connected with Christianity and Popes of Vatican. It is situated next to St. Peter’s Basilica. The museum displays the most remarkable items from the Renaissance period. It contains 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display. The museum was founded in early 16th century. It is among the largest museums in the world and has 54 galleries, divided by topics.
The museum also presents the best collections of paintings, sculptures and other items, from different ancient nations and folks; Egyptian mummies, Arabian gears, Armenian cross stones etc.
But the masterpiece of the Vatican museums is Sistine Chapel, the genius work of Michelangelo’s hands. It is a large room completely decorated by the paintings of the artist. It is the place where the elections of the Pope is held. Sistine Chapel is considered to be the holiest place for the Christian world. The tickets cost € 16.00 in Vatican, but they are cheaper when buying online.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 16:00

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  • Dimah M

    - 02 June 2018 -

    Remember please that on last Sunday of the month the entrance to the Vatican museums is FREE except major religious holidays. Don’t be scared big crowds on free day just come over earlier and enjoy. I was there on free Sunday and I was surprised the museum was not overcrowded as I expected so don’t listen anyone just don’t be late and plan the visit . But the museums and Sistine Chapel will be closed earlier on free Sunday FYI. They have one of the best art collections in the world. Luxury and beauty that you will not find anywhere else. I would recommend to spend there whole day. Don’t miss that place and come back again.

  • mausami chaudry

    - 31 May 2018 -

    It was so crowded and it was very difficult to enjoy. The place is worth a visit. Buy tickets online from their website. You would have to pick a day and time slot and arrive 10 minutes early to the entrance. Entry is well managed. Security line took 10 minutes. Pictures are only allowed in Vatican Museum but not in Sistine Chapel. Chapel was a mad house. Employees screening at guests to move and “be quite” while they were yelling on top of their lungs. As it is the last place we ended up in the Vatican museum visit it left a very bad last impression.

  • Zack Feser

    - 25 May 2018 -

    We walked quickly through the Vatican museums and spent the majority of our time in St Peters basilica and the Sistine Chapel. I would have liked to spend less time in the Sistine Chapel and more in the museums. The Egyptian exhibit looked incredible. Spend the money for a guided tour that starts before the doors open to the general public, you won't regret it. You can't imagine how big of a scale everything is.

  • Daryl Schumann

    - 23 May 2018 -

    The Vatican museum along with the Sistine chapel is a definite top 100 places you should see and your life time period. This place has more treasures than you know what to do with. There are so many things to see and so many awesome sights you could stay here for days and not see it all. If you have not been to the Vatican during your trip to Rome you really haven't seen what you need to see. Do not miss the Vatican, Saint Peter's basilica, the Vatican museum or Sistine chapel. These are some of the best things you will see in your lifetime.

  • Cameron Wilson

    - 19 May 2018 -

    Lots to see and lots of people seeing it. Get a good tour guide and get in as early as you can. I recommend The Roman Guy. Very knowledgable and knew the crowds as well as the museum. Took us to the most popular points first so we could avoid most of the crowd, but even if you buy early front of the line tickets, you're just getting in line. Plan in a long day with big crowds. Still worth it.

  • Meir Rotstein

    - 09 May 2018 -

    Much to say about it but it is nothing like see it on your own eyes.. I totally recommended to buy the no line tickets, it will cost some additional euros but will save a lot of time. After buying the tickets go to the Vatican Museum and start your visit there, this will also take u into the Vatican itself. There are many guided options - if you have good written guide you can spare the human guide.. but I heard some feedbacks that said that the guided tour is much recommended... So both options are eventually good...

  • Elmar Zwart

    - 27 April 2018 -

    Beautiful museum with a amazing collection. It just never stops. It is maybe a little bit too much collection for one day, so choose wisely what to see. Be early, because queue can be very long. There are a lot of "companies" that offer tour guides and 'skip the line' tickets. Be very careful with those people! Negotiate about price and the real waiting time. I would recommend to book tickets at the official website.

  • Mário Salgado

    - 27 April 2018 -

    Simply the best. Vatican takes really good care of their stuff and it’s generous to show it all to the world. The place has big queues but they move fast specially in the morning. We got there around 10:00 and got in at 10:30. I recommend at least 3-4 hours to visit this it properly, there are rooms that you can spend 30 minutes easily. Don’t miss!

  • Stefano Imoscopi

    - 31 January 2018 -

    The most spectacular museum I have ever visited! Incredible artworks, amazing for both quality and quantity! The Sistine chapel is unbelievable, absolutely stunning! It is forbidden to take photos in there, but you can take pictures in many other areas of the museum. There is a whole area dedicated to Egyptian art that the popes amassed back in the days and also other specific areas with interesting artworks. Very famous are the rooms with frescos from Raffaello!

  • Alexandre Dumontet

    - 29 January 2018 -

    Put on your good walking shoes, this can easily be an all day affair. First off, purchase your ticket from a reputable vendor, I bought mine from the touring bus company and it was great but you have to exchange your voucher for the actual ticket before you make your way to the museum. Once you are in, you'll find items from different eras of human existence. It's a huge museum not only of church related item, but also of history. I am not religious in any way and still enjoyed it. Beautiful gardens also. Security is very strict so make sure to read about the rules before going there, no short shorts for men and women must dress appropriately also. Once you are inside, take your time to take history in. Try to be in between groups as it can get very crowded at times.

  • golo

    - 24 May 2018 -

    Horrible experience. In May so crowded and hot, worse than the subway. Can't appreciate anything. Can't imagine what it must be like in summer. :-(

  • Sandra

    - 11 May 2018 -

    Really crowded, but it is a must. You can see all kind of art and learn a lot about the history of the Vatican.

  • Daniel Grayson

    - 10 May 2018 -

    If you ever wondered what it would feel like to be swept up in a river of people while simultaneously being impressed by the unending chasm of human creativity, you be come to the right place.

  • Kawika Terry

    - 05 May 2018 -

    Buy your tickets online and don’t, and I mean DON’T fall for the “I’m a volunteer, follow me to skip the line. It’s total BS.

  • Adriana Costa

    - 14 April 2018 -

    About the history and arts

  • Anton McKenzie

    - 31 March 2018 -

    What a fantastic city!! Bring water.

  • Norbert Kujbus

    - 24 March 2018 -

    Among some great arts, it was too much for me from the darkness of the Middle Ages. Where we would be if they invest to clear poverty, develop education, science instead?

  • Missy Moder

    - 23 March 2018 -

    Nice museum

  • Daniel Roy

    - 12 March 2018 -

    A sprawling, jaw-droppingly gorgeous collection. Reserve online to skip the monstrous line.

  • Ricky Su

    - 12 March 2018 -

    Too many eye catching masterpieces. Find a guide or be well prepared. It will make you exhausted if you take a look at every artwork in one visit.

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