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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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Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums
Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums
star-4.5
$61.16 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Effective, efficient family tour
Organized, professional and knowledgeable our tour guide, Oscar, was great. We would recommend to others.
Maya_N, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-4
Good tour
Gail_R, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Small-Group Tour
This was supposed to be a small group but due to a guide catching Covid we had a larger group. They said we will get a partial refund. We will see if that happens. The tour was good. Our guide Ana knew many facts, but her delivery was very stoic and monotone. Glad we visited.
star-5
Superior Sistine Chapel
Kimberly_B, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Sistine Chapel was AMAZING! We have never seen anything as beautiful as this before., The history of this chapel took my breath away, as I looked at the ceiling, I knew God had guided every artisans hand in creation and cleaning. Knowing that Popes for the past centuries had been elected and discussed on in that room gave me goosebumps.
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
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
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
Informative tour!
Dr_L, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours
It was a good tour. The meeting spot was easy to find. I appreciated the history shared during the tour.
star-5
Effective, efficient family tour
Maya_N, Aug 2022
Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums
Organized, professional and knowledgeable our tour guide, Oscar, was great. We would recommend to others.
star-5
There was only one other...
Heather_N, Aug 2022
Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel
There was only one other person in our group for this tour, so it made for a great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about everything we were seeing. It made taking in the overwhelming history very simple.
star-5
Wonderful!
Alicia_G, Aug 2022
Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel
Early tour is a must if you go in August like we did. The Vatican gets very crowded, but we were able to walk right in. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend to friends.
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
Amazing place to visit
Joy_A, Aug 2022
Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel Tour in Vatican City
Wonderful experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kind. He went above and beyond to assist us going into St Peters Basilica. We loved our time there.
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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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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)
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