Vatican Museums

Vatican Museum Entrance

The Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani; Latin: Musea Vaticana) 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. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments.

Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century. The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello decorated by Raphael, are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. In 2017, they were visited by 6 million people, which combined makes it the 4th most visited art museum in the world .It is one of the largest museums in the world.

There are 54 galleries, or sale, in total, with the Sistine Chapel, notably, being the very last sala within the Museum.

There are different ways to visit the Vatican museums which include the Sistine Chapel.

1. You can book a online ticket directly from The Vatican Ticket office.(link Here )

At the time of this writing, the cost is as follows adults 17€, children(6 – 17 with valid ID) and students (under 25 with valid ID) 8€. Plus 4€ per person booking fee.

This gives you a fast track time stamped entrance to the Museums. You can explore the museums at your own pace and you will be able to visit the Sistine Chapel.

This ticket does not give you access to St. Peter’s Basilica. If you would also want to visit St. Peter’s Basilica once you finish your visit you will have to line up in St. Peter’s square to pass security. Entrance is free. The security line is typically 1 hour to 2 hours long depending on the time of day and season.

2. You can wait in line at the museums (the line is typically 2 hours to 3 hours long depending on the time of day and season.)

At the time of this writing, the cost is as follows adults 17€, children(6 – 17 with valid ID) and students (under 25 with valid ID) 8€.

3. If the Vatican ticket office is sold out you can purchase tickets through tour operators (such as us), you will pay for the entrance tickets plus a premium

This gives you a fast track time stamped entrance to the Museums. You can explore the museums at your own pace and you will be able to visit the Sistine Chapel.

This ticket does not give you access to St. Peter’s Basilica. If you would also want to visit St. Peter’s Basilica once you finish your visit you will have to line up in St. Peter’s square to pass security. Entrance is free. The security line is typically 1 hour to 2 hours long depending on the time of day and season.

You can book this Here

4. Or you can go the tour route.

A Vatican Tour is a 2 – 3 hrs guided tour that includes the highlights of the museums, Sistine Chapel and your tour guide escorts directly to St. Peter’s Basilica via a tunnel reserved for tour guides,

With this tour you will SKIP ALL THE LINES AT THE VATICAN.

You can book Here.

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