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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Viale Vaticano, Vatican City

The Basics

Small-group guided tours or skip-the-line tickets help guarantee hassle-free access to this popular attraction. Private morning tours offering early access (before the museums are open to the general public) are also excellent ways to enjoy the Vatican’s treasures in relative peace, while many group tours combine the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Gardens. If you’re traveling with kids, consider a kid-friendly guided tour that focuses on the museum’s highlights.

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Semi-Private Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums
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Semi-Private Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums
star-4.5
US$73.63 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Sistine Chapel without the crowds
Oscar was an excellent guide and provided a lot of great info while being relatable and friendly. I appreciated that this tour gets you to the chapel before all the crowds and then you have all the time in the world (or as long as your teenagers can handle) to view the remainder of the collections.
Rachel_A, Apr. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-4
Good experience
Neil_W, May 2022
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Your guide was knowledgeable but sometimes couldn’t hear everything due to loss of signal. Tour was easy to book. Was upset as paid to see st Peters Basilica but was told we couldn’t due to Covid restrictions but didn’t get a refund
star-5
Fascinating tour
Alex_S, Apr. 2022
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Small-Group Tour
I took the Italian tour with Alberto. Because of COVID restrictions, we couldn't always spend lots of time in each room of the museums, but it was a good tour all the same.
star-5
Vatican joy
Penelope_H, Apr. 2022
Wonders of Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
Joyful to have a guide as passionate she was so pleased to be able to share the joys of the Vatican with us post Covid. An intense full on cultural experience loved every minute of it thank you.
star-4
Very good , but a little rushed
Julie_P, Apr. 2022
Wonders of Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
We enjoyed our tour with Viator. The tour guide was very informative. I did feel we were rushed & would have liked more time . The guided tour of the Basilica was not included due to covid restrictions 😩 but our guide kindly escorted us there.
star-4
Seen it once and that was enough
Natalie_K, Dec. 2021
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Small-Group Tour
The guide Giuseppe was very friendly. The tour was fairly interesting although there are only so many paintings that you want to see so it became a bit repetitive for me. By the time we got to the Sistine Chapel it was nothing special. There was a lot of people visiting, very busy but well managed. Apparently the crowds were small compared to pre Covid times.
star-5
Excellent tour
Linda_L, May 2022
Vatican Museums - Small Group Tour
Our guide Alice was fantastic, she was sure that we were all together and understood her instructions. She was very knowledgeable about the museum, and the items we were viewing.
star-5
Easy and simple
Amanda_T, May 2022
Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel
We took a taxi to the meeting point. It was very easy to find. We were walked to the museum and given our tickets, at which point we were on our own- which we prefer. This location had many guided tours as well, should you want to book that.
star-5
Great tour, fantastic guide
Shannon_F, May 2022
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Great Tour! Amil was superb! Finding our tour group was smooth. The areas we explored on the tour were interesting and purposefully curated. The best part of the tour though was our guide, Amil. She was funny, insightful, and captivating.
star-5
Wonderful!
Taneil_S, May 2022
Essential Sistine Chapel Tour, Vatican Museums and St Peter Basilica
We had Thomas as our guide today and he was excellent. He was engaging and interesting to listen to and clearly knows his stuff. I felt I got a lot out of the day and enjoyed what he chose to focus on. I’d highly recommend!
star-5
Very nice tour
Lene_B, May 2022
Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour - Skip The Line!
The tour guide had a lot of knowledge. There are a lot of things to experience, so the 3 hours went fast.
star-4
Sistine Chapel
Mylene_C, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Debbie, the tour guide, got us in very quickly. She was very informative and kept with the schedule.
star-5
Best experience
Krystin_M, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Kristina was absolutely the best tour guide! She new her facts and was able to convey the stories in a very clear and relatable way!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry lines often stretch for blocks, and wait times can be two or three hours, especially in summer—book in advance.

  • Vatican Museums tickets include entrance to the Sistine Chapel, and the same opening hours apply.

  • Appropriate behavior and attire (shoulders, knees, and abdomen covered) are required to enter the Sistine Chapel.

  • Security for entering the museum complex includes a metal detector.

  • There is a free cloakroom where you can check large bags, umbrellas, and luggage.

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How to Get There

The Vatican Museums complex is adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a five-minute walk away, while many city tours pass by or include a stop at this popular spot.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The Vatican Museums sees crowds of travelers year-round. It's busiest in summer, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during winter. At any time of year, the museums are most crowded at midday, so aim to visit in the early morning or late afternoon if you’re looking for a more laid-back experience.

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Seeing the Pope at the Vatican

Each week, usually on Wednesday mornings, the pope and cardinals give a papal address in St. Peter’s Square. Throngs descend for the papal audience, so be sure to book official tickets in advance if you want to secure your slot to see the pope deliver his weekly message.

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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
Frequently Asked Questions
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