Experience Italy's most popular attraction: purchase your Vatican Museum tickets here. With over twenty museums that draw close to five million visitors annually, the Vatican Museums - the largest, richest, most compelling and perhaps most comprehensive museum complex in the world - also includes Michelangelo's unparalleled Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Palace holds a collection of museums on very diverse subjects: displays of classical statuary, Renaissance painting, Etruscan relics, Egyptian artifacts, not to mention the furnishings and decoration of the palace itself.
The Vatican Museums include:
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The admission ticket to the Vatican Museums is valid for visiting the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel only on the date indicated on the voucher.
The Vatican Museums require the names and birth dates of all participants in your group. Once you have added the reservation to your shopping cart, please enter the names and birth dates in the provided field on the order form.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY:
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
Please read the Ordering Information page before placing your reservations.
Guided tour of the Vatican Gardens, which includes access (without guide) to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
The thematic visit Art and Faith: Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter's Basilica.
For all the guided tours you may stay inside the museums at the end of the guided visit, until closing time.
Guided tours are available in the following languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Swedish, and Portuguese.
PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive an email with your order summary plus a second email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets CANNOT be cancelled and are NOT refundable.
If the visitor needs to modify their voucher, they must present themselves at the "Reception Desk" in order to request a new voucher. Reservation changes can be made, only once, up to one hour before the intended visit directly to the Vatican cashier, or by sending an email to the email address email@example.com up to one business day before the visit. It is not possible to make modifications to the number of participants taking part to the visit.
From Monday to Saturday; the Ticket Office is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The Museums close at 6:00pm.
Entrance times will be indicated at the time of the reservation.
The Vatican Museums are closed on the following days:
Sundays (except for the last Sunday of each month, excluding Easter, June 29 and December 25 and 26)
January 1 and 6 (Epiphany)
February 11 (Lateran Pacts Anniversary)
March 19 (St. Joseph), Easter and Easter Monday
May 1 (Ascension Thursday) and May 22 (Corpus Christi Day)
August 14 (Assumption Vigil) and 15 (Assumption Day)
November 1 (All Saint's Day)
December 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), 25 (Christmas Day) and 26 (St. Stephen's Day)
Deposits at the Cloakroom
The Vatican Museums are the largest, richest, most compelling and perhaps most comprehensive museum complex in the world. Many treasures of the city's history are here, from both classical and later times, and many of the Renaissance's finest artists were in the employ of the Pope.
The Vatican Palace holds a collection of museums on very diverse subjects: displays of classical statuary, Renaissance painting, Etruscan relics, Egyptian artifacts, not to mention the furnishings and decoration of the palace itself.
The Vatican Museums are the Egyptian Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Museum of Popes Clement XiV and Pius Vi, Gregorian Museum of Etruscan Art, Antiquarium Romanum, the Vase Collection, the Biga Room, the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, the Apartment of St.Pius V, the Sobieski Room, the Room of the Immaculate Conception, Raphael's Rooms and Loggias, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Sistine Chapel, the Apostolic Library, the Vatican Picture Gallery, the Gregorian Museum of Profane Art, the Christian Museum, the Missionary Museum of Ethnology, and the Carriage Pavilion.
Justly known as one of the most famous places in the world, the Sistine Chapel is the site where the conclave for the election of the popes and other solemn pontifical ceremonies are held. The ceiling as well as the wall above the altar bear the magnificent frescoes by Michelangelo. Pope Julius II commissioned the Florentine master sculptor and painter to decorate the ceiling between 1508 and 1512. Much later, from 1537 to 1541, Michelangelo was again called to create The Last Judgement on the wall above the altar, a fresco which would change the course of Western art.
Built according to the architectural design of Baccio Pontelli by Giovannino de Dolci between 1475 and 1481, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned it. A large rectangular room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, it is divided into two unequal parts by a marble screen. The screen and the transenna were built by Mino da Fiesole and other artists.
Children aged between 6 and 18 years
Students aged no more than 26 years on presentation of a student identity card (International Student Card) on the day of the visit.
If a reduced price ticket is purchased without the required documents, the visitor will be asked to make payment of a full price ticket so as to enter. The reduced ticket will not be refunded.
Free Admission (cannot be booked online):
Children under 6 (no need to consider them while booking)
Last Sunday of each month
World Tourism Day (September 27)
Directors of museums, ministries or governmental organizations assigned to archeological, artistic, artistic heritage preservation
Disabled (with 100% invalidity) and one companion each
Journalists authorized by the Direction of the Museums after clearance from the “Sala Stampa della Santa Sede”, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Foreign Press Association and the "Ordine Nazionale Italiano dei Giornalisti"
ICOM members (with valid membership card)
ICOMONS members (with valid membership card)
Patrons and Friends of the Vatican Museums
University professors (Department Chairs of Archaeology, Art History, Architecture and Ethnology), professors of academies with seat in Rome, may give special lectures in particular sections of the Museums on subjects within their specialization by presenting a written request to the Direction of the Museums. The authorization is not valid for a subsequent visit outside those sections.
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