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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  • Carl Smith

    - 09 September 2018 -

    Although the place is amazing, all it is is a Catholic cash cow. You can't stop and enjoy what you're seeing for the ridiculous amount of people packed into on place. I have since been to Bali and visited a Hindi temple and found it an all round better experience. The people are far more religious in their humble ways. Worth a look for the history but my advise is go in the early months of the year.

  • Jackie B

    - 08 September 2018 -

    The Vatican Museum along with the Sistine Chapel was absolutely marvellous to visit. I highly recommend that you buy your tickets online with an audio guide otherwise you’ll be waiting in a huge line to get in. If you’re in Rome this is definitely a must-do! Something I wish I would have known is that there’s no air conditioning inside the museum so with the hundreds of people inside it was extremely hot so bring your cold water bottles!

  • Adam Lorenti

    - 08 September 2018 -

    Buy tickets online and skip the line. We were traveling with a toddler and a stroller. I wouldn’t recommend this as we had to take many stairs and it was very packed with tourists (& gift shops...). It’s not impossible to do though. Also be prepared for the heat and lots of walking. The Sistine Chapel is beautiful. We had the afternoon booking, which meant we only had a-few minutes there before we had to move on. Could’ve easily spent the day in all the museums and gardens. Amazing place.

  • Brandon Burson

    - 25 August 2018 -

    Buy a skip the line ticket. Period. You'll be waiting outside for your whole day if not. You only pay maybe $10 more for the skip the line, totally worth it in my opinion. The museums are huge and expansive and even spending 3 hours inside isn't enough time to stop and enjoy each piece. So much beautiful art from all different eras / countries it's amazing. The place gets extremely packed wall to wall and once you get inside you're pretty much going through hallways of different exhibits the whole time so you don't get a chance to get fresh air. Dress as cool and comfortable as possible while abiding to the dress code!

  • Holly Elizabeth White

    - 24 August 2018 -

    This place is timeless and priceless! I highly recommend purchasing one of the 7:15am tours so you have time to spend in the Sistine Chapel. I was able I to spend about 30 minutes in there rather than 3. Be sure to cover your shoulders and knees. They won’t allow you in if you don’t. I also recommend climbing the tower if you are capable. It’s a hike but quite beautiful!

  • Lidia & Greg Czubak

    - 17 August 2018 -

    A great museum with lots of amazing historical art and sculptures. It took us a good 3-4 hours to go through everything at the Vatican Museum. Side note - cafeteria and cafe are reasonably priced for such a World rebound venue. The Sistine chapel is one of the last areas to visit as part of the Vatican Museum. The OMNIA Vatican and Roma pass with help you skip the line and get in without waiting. Take lots of pictures and enjoy!

  • Mary D

    - 03 August 2018 -

    Long waiting if you don't arrive early to secure your place in the queue. Reserve an all day for this visit so you can truly appreciate each museum. There is loads to view and nice pictures to take. Make sure your shoulders are covered and no shorts, dresses or skirts below your knees. Last Sunday of the month is free entry if you want to save some pennies. Make good use and enjoy a fantastic day!!

  • 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 🙏🏼

  • 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.

Vatican Museums tours

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel, Small-Group Upgrade Option

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this guided Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! See Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish...

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! After paying your entrance fee direct, head inside the world’s largest collection of private art with an expert guide, and see for yourself why the Vatican is a mecca for...

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Let the sights of Rome unfold before you on an open-top, double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus. Climb aboard to admire top Rome attractions including the Vatican City, Colosseum and Trevi Fountain on this comprehensive tour. Enjoy 360-degree views from the open deck and hop on and off as you wish at any...

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

Use your skip-the-line Vatican Museums ticket to explore one of the world’s greatest museum complexes at leisure! A veritable Aladdin’s Cave, the Vatican Museums teem with history at every turn, glistening with magnificent Renaissance art and architecture. Queues are long, so skip past them with...

Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds, you'll skip the line and head straight inside with your priority access ticket. Led by an expert Vatican guide, your...

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Enjoy a morning or afternoon of Vatican splendor on a 2-hours skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Explore the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Giuseppe Momo’s spiral staircase, and admire iconic Michelangelo frescoes inside the Sistine...

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