Located in Viale Vaticano in Rome, inside the Vatican City State, the Vatican Museums were founded by Pope Julius II in the sixteenth century. They are one of the largest art collections in the world, as they are known to showcase enormous collections of works accumulated over the centuries by the Popes. The most exquisite creations of the sculptural and artistic panorama are divided into 7 km of corridors. This in turn makes them the fourth most visited museum in the whole world. The first structure of the monumental complex you will come across is the Pio-Clementine Museum. It was named in honor of the two founding Popes. Due to the discovery of the Laocoön group and the Apollo Belvedere, Clement XIV showed the willingness to open the gallery and display it to the public. This is where it all began.

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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tickets

The Museum’s collection includes significant masterpieces of Renaissance art and some of the most renowned classical sculptures ever seen.

  • The Ticket for the Vatican Musuems includes entrance into the Sistine Chapel. There is no availability of ticket just for the Sistine Chapel (part of the Vatican Museums).
  • This reservation allows you to avoid the long queue at the entrance and enter the Vatican Museums directly. Once you are inside the Museum, you can stay there for as long as you like until closing time.

Foreseen visit time: 3/4 hours

Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

Important Information

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Last entrance time 3:00 pm.

Closing: Sundays and religious holidays. You can book the entrance every 30 minutes.

Address: Viale Vaticano, Vatican City, Rome

Note: In case you cancel the Vatican Museum tickets, they are non-refundable.

Vatican Museum
Vatican Museum

Important Advice:

  • Confirmed entrance time may not be always the same time requested by you. The museum will automatically confirm the closest available time on the very same date in case requested time is sold out. If you want to point out some time restrictions, for example, no later than…, or not before than…, then please write them in the blank space on the form (just to be clear).
  • You are open to accept any different entrance time in the particular day you have requested, two hours prior to or later than the initial requested time, if no restrictions are pointed. For example, if you have requested 11.00 am and no time restrictions are pointed out, it means you can accept any entrance time between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm.
  • Italy Travels is not responsible for variations of itinerary inside the museum, closing of museum rooms, entrance delays or cancellation due to unexpected events, decisions taken by the museum, or strikes, direction or unsuspected variations, and the Pope’s replacement which involve the museum buildings.


How to choose the correct ticket?

You can buy a ticket at a reduced price for children between the age of 6 and 18 years old (18 years included). Students under the age of 26, coming for a presentation, under a valid International Student Card or a student identity document on the day of visit, can also buy a ticket at a reduced price.

Children under the age of 6 do not need a reservation or entrance ticket. Disabled people or people over the age of 74 can enter for free with an accompanying adult and do not need any reservation.

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Skip the Line Entrance

Each and every day the Vatican Museums welcome around 27 thousand visitors. Can you imagine the long line that would await you if you present yourself at the entrance without any reservation? To avoid wasting your precious time, we suggest you pre-book your tickets online to stroll around the various sections of the museum freely.