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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Viale Vaticano, Vatican City

The Basics

Small-group guided tours or skip-the-line tickets help guarantee hassle-free access to this popular attraction. Private morning tours offering early access (before the museums are open to the general public) are also excellent ways to enjoy the Vatican’s treasures in relative peace, while many group tours combine the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Gardens. If you’re traveling with kids, consider a kid-friendly guided tour that focuses on the museum’s highlights.

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Semi-Private Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums
Semi-Private Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums
star-4.5
$64.51 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience
Even though this was a return visit to Sistine Chapel and museum - with Elisabetta, we learned new things and had a better appreciation of what we were seeing
Dan_F, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Georgia, tour guide was great!
Susan_W, May 2022
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Small-Group Tour
The map room was a highlight and amazing mozaics were beautiful and so well preserved. I was concerned about so many people during a Covid surge. Masked were enforced which was very important but still too close for comfort in crowded galleries.
star-4
Good experience
Neil_W, May 2022
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Your guide was knowledgeable but sometimes couldn’t hear everything due to loss of signal. Tour was easy to book. Was upset as paid to see st Peters Basilica but was told we couldn’t due to Covid restrictions but didn’t get a refund
star-5
Fascinating tour
Alex_S, Apr 2022
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Small-Group Tour
I took the Italian tour with Alberto. Because of COVID restrictions, we couldn't always spend lots of time in each room of the museums, but it was a good tour all the same.
star-5
Vatican joy
Penelope_H, Apr 2022
Wonders of Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Highlights Small Group Tour
Joyful to have a guide as passionate she was so pleased to be able to share the joys of the Vatican with us post Covid. An intense full on cultural experience loved every minute of it thank you.
star-4
Very good , but a little rushed
Julie_P, Apr 2022
Wonders of Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Highlights Small Group Tour
We enjoyed our tour with Viator. The tour guide was very informative. I did feel we were rushed & would have liked more time . The guided tour of the Basilica was not included due to covid restrictions 😩 but our guide kindly escorted us there.
star-5
The Sistine Chapel was...
Juliet_T, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
The Sistine Chapel was amazing. I have been before but it never gets any less magnificent. Our guide Alfredo was terrific. Knowledgeable and funny.
star-5
Vatican is Great
TrungNghia_T, May 2022
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours
Huge and Great place i have ever seen before. We need to walk 3hours to see hole Vatican. It very nice with tour guide
star-5
Vatican Museums
Laura_T, May 2022
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel
Excellent tour guide in beautiful spot. Crowds were slightly overwhelming. It was claustrophobic. Art and architecture was awe inspiring.
star-5
Wonderful day at the Vatican & Sistine Chapel.
mconnolly, May 2022
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Alessandra was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour enjoyable for the young and old. She was a joy!
star-5
Must do!!!
stefsokolowski, May 2022
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours
we purchased tge tickets just to see the sistine chapel and figured we'd tag along with the museum portion just to get through -- boy were we blown away! we learned so much and our guide was fanstastic. Lindy provided a nice balance between providing interesting details and overwhelming us with too much information. Since it was a super hot day, she moved us along to shady spots and indoors as quickly as possible. top props to this tour, highly recommend!
star-5
Knowledgeable Guide
David_G, May 2022
Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel
Our guide was so knowledgeable, she made the Vatican come alive. Going early and skipping the lines was well worth getting up early for. She knew her art history and the ins and outs of the what was in the Vatican. Took us all around without feeling rushed. Quality time at the Sistine. Highly recommend the early tour.
star-4
Seen it once and that was enough
Natalie_K, Dec 2021
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Small-Group Tour
The guide Giuseppe was very friendly. The tour was fairly interesting although there are only so many paintings that you want to see so it became a bit repetitive for me. By the time we got to the Sistine Chapel it was nothing special. There was a lot of people visiting, very busy but well managed. Apparently the crowds were small compared to pre Covid times.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry lines often stretch for blocks, and wait times can be two or three hours, especially in summer—book in advance.

  • Vatican Museums tickets include entrance to the Sistine Chapel, and the same opening hours apply.

  • Appropriate behavior and attire (shoulders, knees, and abdomen covered) are required to enter the Sistine Chapel.

  • Security for entering the museum complex includes a metal detector.

  • There is a free cloakroom where you can check large bags, umbrellas, and luggage.

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How to Get There

The Vatican Museums complex is adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a five-minute walk away, while many city tours pass by or include a stop at this popular spot.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The Vatican Museums sees crowds of travelers year-round. It's busiest in summer, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during winter. At any time of year, the museums are most crowded at midday, so aim to visit in the early morning or late afternoon if you’re looking for a more laid-back experience.

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Seeing the Pope at the Vatican

Each week, usually on Wednesday mornings, the pope and cardinals give a papal address in St. Peter’s Square. Throngs descend for the papal audience, so be sure to book official tickets in advance if you want to secure your slot to see the pope deliver his weekly message.

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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
Frequently Asked Questions
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