Founded by Pope Julius II during the sixteenth century, it contains thousands of works of art. Museums exhibit works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most famous Roman statues and masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.
With over 6 million visitors every year, it is one of the most visited museums in the world. If you want to discover the best sculptures and artwork of the Renaissance period then Vatican Museums are the must visit places.
You are not allowed to wear mini skirts, shorts above knees, low-cut clothing, sleeveless tops and hats. Only appropriately dressed visitors are allowed to enter in Vatican Museums.
Leave your luggage, camera, sticks and umbrella into to the cloakroom.
You are not allowed to consume food and drinks inside the museum.
Do not use mobile phones inside museums and switch on your mobile phones to silent mode.
09:00 AM – 06:00 PM from Monday to Saturday
09:00 AM – 02:00 PM last Sunday of every month
Closed on Sunday (except the last Sunday of each month), 1 Jan, 6 Jan, 19 Mar, 2 Apr, 1 May, 29 Jun, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, 1 Nov, 8 Dec, 25 Dec and 26 Dec.
You need to buy a ticket to enter Vatican Museums.
With so much popularity among travelers, we recommend you to Book Tickets in advance for accessing Vatican Museums else you have to face long-standing queues. Tickets can be booked from ticket office counter or from online website.
Three types of tickets are available
- Regular or Full Tickets: For Non-European citizens above 18 and European Citizens above 25 years of age.
- Reduced or Half Tickets: Available for citizens of the European Union between 18 and 25 years of age and public school teachers.
- Free tickets: Available for citizens of European Union under 18 and for Italian Public Institute Teachers.
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Some Facts about Vatican Museums
- There are a total of 54 museums and art galleries, with the last ones being the Sistine Chapel. Its ceiling was decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze della Segnatura of Raphael Room decorated by Raphael.
- In 2013, Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museum was visited by more than 6 million people which makes it the 6th most visited art museum in the world.
- The museums exhibit approximately 70,000 works of which 20,000 are currently on display.
- St. Peters Basilica is the biggest Catholic Church in the world is also a part of the Vatican Museums.
- It is believed that if you spend a minute to each painting in the Vatican museums then it would take 4 years to see all the painting in museum.
- On every Wednesday morning, the Pope conducts a Papal Audience, in which he addresses the public in several languages and concludes with a final blessing of people and objects held up by members of the crowd.
- In 1984 along with Vatican museums, whole Vatican city has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Vatican museums have are a series of 1400 rooms, galleries, and chapels and they constitute former wings of the Vatican Palace.
- The Vatican generates 90 percent of its revenues from Museum admission fees, stamp and souvenir sales, donations and contributions from people all over the world.