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

Plan Your Visit to Rome


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  • Tresor Kaya

    - 26 July 2018 -

    Definitely worth the visit. Get a skip the line with host option. The audio guide was really helpful so I didn't really see the need for a tour guide. Take your time since there's a lot to learn and see. The Sistine Chapel is amazing but you are not allowed to take pictures and have conversations. They are also serious about the dress code: no visible knees and shoulders.

  • Florian Speckbacher

    - 24 July 2018 -

    Be prepared to queue for several hours. An amazing place to visit with a great experience. I would recommend to book a guided tour as the queue will be shorter than if you go as an individual. You can still separate from the group inside and continue on your own. Book an early tour (best 9:00 or 9:30). The queue will be already quite long then. Stunning place and a must visit.

  • Ollie Kettle

    - 23 July 2018 -

    A place steeped in rich history. A must visit if you happen to visit the beautiful city of Rome. You will be left in awe at the artworks contained within. Heads up, any tickets for entry I would recommend buying them online as typically a little cheaper and avoids the queues. I simply ordered on the day and printed them in a local internet shop. Hope you like my photos, I managed to cheekily get some shots of the Sistine chapel ceiling (your not supposed too). As a way of thanks I made a generous donation to this museum 🙏🏼

  • Zach Gracie

    - 17 July 2018 -

    Buy your tickets online beforehand, cannot stress this enough! The line was about 500m long but with our pre booked tickets we were straight in! The museum aspect was magnificently done, easy to follow and all of the pieces flowed on from one another very nicely. So nice to appreciate the Vatican's rich history up close. Be sure to look for the Creation of Adam (it's on the middle of the ceiling) and the many other famous artworks in the Sistine Chapel. We almost completely forgot it was up there considering how much there is to look at! Overall, a great museum to spend a few hours in.

  • Barbara

    - 30 June 2018 -

    I purchased the ‘Breakfast at the Vatican Museum’ without a guided tour directly from the Vatican website. It also included self-guided audio recordings. This was the best decision ever! I was one of the first to get into the museum had a large wonderful breakfast and given an audio self-tour after we ate. I was able to take my time walking through the museum looking at things I wanted to look at and passing quickly through other things that were not as of much interest. I saw and heard that the groups that had a guided tour were rushed through some exhibits because of a strict timeline. When I finished my relaxing tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel, I exited to find an astonishingly large amount of people standing in line to see the museum. I would recommend buying the tickets directly from the Vatican website regardless of what option you choose.

  • Ann Boehm

    - 26 June 2018 -

    We were fortunate to visit the Vatican museums and hiring a guide, the guide made such a difference in that there are separate entrances, shorter lines and using “skip the line“ gave us more time in the museum - with thorough and interesting highlights being shared too. There is an abundance of artwork and collections for the world to see at the Vatican museums and of course a highlight would be the Sistine Chapel. That being said there are so many churches in Rome and surrounding area that have paintings that are equivalently exquisite one can view without feeling like they are in a Cattle-call/crushed situation as we encountered with the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo did do a terrific job...but there are other churches where the artwork can’t be absurd without guards telling you to move along, keep moving… And where to exit. A must see, but don’t exclude other holy places and other exhibits in the Vatican Museum.

  • Nandini Seshadri

    - 14 June 2018 -

    My kids and I were able to see the Vatican museums at night. We got tickets directly from the Vatican museums website; it cost 8 Euro for the kids and 17 Euro for me including the booking fees. It's the most incredible evening of our lives. There was no line at all that we had to stand in. There were no crowds at all inside the museum. We wandered the halls at our own pace, listening to an audio guide on our phones, hearing the stories and taking in the art. It was nothing short of magical. I will never forget the sight of the Map Room at night, or the statue of Laocoon, or Raphael's fresco of St. Peter being delivered from the gallows by an angel, or the Sistine Chapel... I'm so glad we booked the night tickets. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Jasmine Anthony

    - 13 June 2018 -

    Absolutely incredible experience. Stunning artwork and architecture. Don’t expect to be there for any less than 3 hours - and even at that we didn’t see the whole thing. It was busy but if you have skip the line tickets you should be fine. I cannot stress this enough - buy your tickets online! There will be a ton of people outside trying to sell you guided tours, tickets etc - just get your ticket beforehand and head straight to the doors.

  • 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.

  • 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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