Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are Christian art museums located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by Popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.

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Best time of year to visit

Although the Vatican Museums are extremely popular with tourists all year around, if you’re looking for a quieter visit, your best bet is during the low season between November and February.

Save money

On the last Sunday of every month, entrance to the Vatican Museums is free during opening hours, from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM. This is a great way of saving money, but be warned: these free days are also the most popular. If you’d rather avoid the large crowds, you’re better off going on a regular day.

Pick the right time of day

The ticket office opens at 9:00 AM. If you want to see as much as possible, then you should arrive early, as the Vatican Museums are huge (over 9 miles!) and long lines can start forming at the entrance even before opening time. However, if you’re more interested in avoiding the queues, come around 1:00 PM. Most people will be headed for lunch at that time and it’s often possible to walk straight in without wait.

Don’t leave it too late

Even if you’re intending to avoid the queues, don’t come too late. The ticket office closes at 4:00 PM and the Vatican Museums close at 6:00 PM. If you want to have time to see the Sistine Chapel, you should arrive at the Vatican Museums by 3:00 PM at the latest.

Good to know

When should I visit?

365 days a year!

How to get there

Taxi, bus, metro, tram or by foot from Rome. Look here for more detailed directions.

Is it expensive?

Free to look at from the outside. Admission tickets vary.

Will I need a guide?

Not compulsory, but highly recommended.

What people are saying about Vatican Museums

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Our guide was extremely knowledgeable answering all our questions was a
It was sad to end our tour Rebeca was more then we could have imagined. Her knowledge of all things Rome was very impressive. Would do it again when we return to Rome 110% Happy

Skip-the-Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Tour reviewed by Jennifer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ We got the most despite one of the busiest days of the year
Thank you to Sabina who perfectly knows the Vatican and could avoid us most annoying queuing lines. We were happy to have her as our guide (since she has been performing this tour for over 22 years now!). Visitors digest!

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter’s Guided Tour reviewed by Olga

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A great value trip covers the Vatican very well for about 3 hours.
The guide, Vasco, was really good. Took us through the entire trip with a combination of information and humor, and ensured the entire group kept pace with him. We went through the museums, the Sistine Chapel and the St Peter’s Basilica and managed to see a lot of the important artifacts, paintings, and statues and hear the history behind them. A guided tour is certainly recommended for the first-timers to the Vatican.

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Tour reviewed by Vikas

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent tour with an exceptional guide.
We booked this tour based on our son’s recommendation. The tour was wonderful. Our guide, Faviana was knowledgable, delightful, and very caring.

Extended Vatican City Tour With Exclusive Sights reviewed by Diane

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