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  • Address: Viale Vaticano
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm (last entry 4pm)
  • Admission: €12-18
The popes were among the very first royalty to open their vast art collections to public viewing, and today visitors can view the Vatican's own incredible collection while touring the so-called Vatican Museums. This huge complex of galleries showcases paintings, sculptures, frescoes, tapestries and classical antiquities of Roman, Greek and Egyptian origin. There are, of course, also collections of religious art, papal portraits and, less obviously, carriages and automobiles.

These amazing works of art can all be viewed in the extensive Vatican Museums: the Sistine Chapel, Pinacoteca, Raphael's Rooms, the Egyptian Museum, the Etruscan Museum, the Pio-Christian Museum, the Gregorian Profane Museum, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Pius-Clementine Museum, the Missionary Ethnological Museum, the Immaculate Conception and Sobieksi rooms, Borgia Apartment, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Chariot Room, the Apartment of Pius V, the Gallery of Maps, the Chiaramonti Museum-Braccio Nuovo Gallery, the Historical Museum-Carriage Pavilion and the Vatican Courtyards. 

Of note are the famous Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. Leave plenty of time for winding your way through the museums and the narrow connecting corridors and staircases.

Practical Info

The Vatican stands at the heart of Vatican City, and the Vatican Museums are located at the heart of the Vatican (much of which is closed to the public for security reasons). Metro line A stops at Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano or Cipro, while Tramway 19 can be taken to Piazza del Risorgimento. On foot, visitors can walk from the center of Rome across Ponte Sant'Angelo and through the Piazza San Pietro, then head right toward Via Vaticano.

Please note: Entry lines into the Vatican can be painfully long and sometimes wind around the block with two- to three-hour waits, especially in summer. We highly recommend pre-purchasing a skip-the-line ticket.

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17156 Reviews

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.92

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 264 Reviews

See the Vatican like a VIP with a once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum’s secret rooms. The small-group tour gives ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $376.73

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4768 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.96

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1195 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.74

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

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Vatican City’s most comprehensive introduction combining two walking tours to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms, St. Peter's ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $111.31

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.38

Rome Card and Omnia Vatican Card: Valid for 3 Days

4 star rating: Recommended 251 Reviews

Explore Rome and Vatican City at ease with the Rome Card and Omnia Vatican card – two must-have 3-day sightseeing passes that include entry to selected ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $111.88

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 991 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $73.06

Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 261 Reviews

Start your day at the Vatican with a lavish buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard! After entering the Vatican Museums before the general public, sit down ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $135.85

Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

4.5 star rating: Recommended 633 Reviews

Book your ticket for a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I in the Vatican City. The Papal Audience tickets are free of charge but you must reserve them. This ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.52

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