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  • Address: Viale Vaticano
  • Hours: Monday–Saturday 9am–6pm
  • Admission: Varies
The popes were among the very first royalty to open their vast art collections to public viewing, and today visitors can tour the Vatican museums to view the sovereign state's own incredible collection. The huge complex of galleries showcases some of the world’s most significant works of art, from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities of Roman, Greek and Egyptian origin.

Miles of corridor weave through the many buildings and courtyards, filled with more than 2,000 years of human history and culture. The Sistine Chapel alone is filled with endless detail and artistry, including The Last Judgment, as painted on the great altar by Michelangelo, while Raphael's Rooms are covered in 16th-century frescoes painted entirely by Rafael. Aside from Renaissance masterpieces and art collected by popes throughout the centuries, there are also Egyptian, Roman and Etruscan exhibits detailing the history of other parts of the world.

Leave plenty of time to wind your way through the museums and the narrow connecting corridors and staircases. Other highlights include Pinacoteca, the Egyptian Museum, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Pius-Clementine Museum, the Apartment of Pius V, the Gallery of Maps and the Chiaramonti Museum-Braccio Nuovo Gallery.

Practical Info

The Vatican and its museums are located at the heart of Vatican City. 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. The museums are open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm.

Please note: Entry lines can be painfully long and sometimes wind around the block with two- to three-hour waits, especially in summer. Advanced bookings and skip-the-line tickets are highly recommended.

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

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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 $43.84

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.)

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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

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See the pope and his cardinals deliver their weekly address in Vatican City with a ticket to the papal audience. Follow a local guide through the crowds to a ...  Read more

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

From USD $44.99

Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Views from the Top of the Dome

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Skip the line to St Peter's Basilica with a guided walking tour and a visit to the cupola. Ride an elevator to the cupola and admire the mosaic designs of ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.07

Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

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Visit the Sistine Chapel before the doors are opened to the public, and see its Renaissance treasures without the crowds! After gazing in wonder at ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.53

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

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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 $66.45
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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Vatican Mosaic Studio

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Walk through the heart of Vatican City and the 16th-century Mosaic Studio (Studio del Mosaico). You’ll meet the studio director and artists who work to restore ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $67.49

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

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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 $73.83

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

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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 $98.63
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Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

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Enjoy a tour of the serene Vatican Gardens followed by a Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica tour; it’s an exciting combination of Vatican ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.67

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