Vatican Museums Visiting Information

A Visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Bramante's Staircase, Vatican Museum, overhead view
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The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani), located in the Vatican City, are one of the attractions you must see on a visit to Rome. Here you will find priceless artworks, from Egyptian and Roman antiquities to paintings by leading Renaissance artists.

A visit to the Vatican Museums also includes admission to the Sistine Chapel, where you can see Michelangelo's most famous frescoes.

Vatican Museums Visitor Information

Location: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Rome

Hours: Monday-Saturday; closed Sundays, January 1, January 6, February 11, March 19, Easter Sunday and Monday, May 1, June 29, August 14, August 15, November 1, December 8, December 25, December 26.

During the summer season (starting late April), the Vatican Museums are usually open on Friday evenings too.

Free admission: The Vatican Museums are open for free on the last Sunday of every month. Exceptions include Easter Sunday, as well as June 29, December 25, or December 26 if they fall on a Sunday. Free admission to the Vatican Museums is also available on September 27 (World Tourism Day). While free admission to the Vatican Museums may be easy on your budget, be prepared for long queues for admission and crowds around all the famous artworks.

Visiting Tip: Avoid the (very) long entrance line by buying your ticket in advance, within 60 days of your visit. You can buy tickets on the Vatican Museums web site and our affiliate Select Italy sells Vatican Museum tickets with payment in US dollars.

Admission: €16 (as of 2015), check current prices on above website.
Admission is included in the combination Vatican Rome Card.

Guided Tours: Guided tours can be booked through the Vatican Museums. Some of the tours allow you to see parts of Vatican City not usually open to tourists. Find out about Vatican Museums guided tours, including what you'll see and how to book each tour.

Select Italy also offers a guided tour - Two Masters at the Papal Court: Raphael and Michelangelo in the Vatican. For a really special experience, consider a before or after hours tour so you can see the Sistine Chapel without the crowds.