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The Vatican Museums are home to one of the world’s most impressive art collections, and tickets also give you access to the Sistine Chapel. Queues for entry can get long, so book skip-the-line tickets for the best experience.
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Buy your tickets in advance to skip the line and save time at the Vatican Museums.
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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Fast-Track Ticket Options

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See priceless works of art from the Papal collections in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Marvel at masterpieces from antiquity to Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes. Enjoy optional acces to the Papal Villas and Vatican Gardens.
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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Skip-the-Line & Audioguide

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See priceless works of art from the papal collections with your skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Receive a 15% discount at all bookshops inside the Vatican Museums.
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Skip-the-line tickets for the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

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Avoid the long lines at the entrance to the Vatican Museums with skip-the-line tickets. Choose the option VIP to enter even faster.
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Skip the Line Vatican Tickets with Escorted Entrance

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Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on your own with these skip the line escorted entrance tickets. Your host will escort you inside using the fastest possible entrance and provide tips to help you make the most of your visit.
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Avoid the crowds

Tired of shuffling through the crowds? Choose a ticket that gives you access before or after the official opening hours.
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First Entry Morning Tickets Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums

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Enjoy early entry to the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other tour groups or the general public arrive. Once inside, you are free to spend the entire day at the Vatican Museums to explore one of the world’s greatest art collections in your own time.
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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Ticket: Early Access

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Skip the lines and enter the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive. Enjoy Michelangelo’s masterpieces with a pre-recorded audio-guide program in your language. Take home a DVD that features a full description of Vatican City.
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Early Access Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine & St. Peter’s - Group of 12 max

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See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds, you'll skip the line and head straight inside with your priority access ticket. Led by an expert Vatican guide, your comprehensive tour visits the sacred Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, St. Peter's Basilica and more!Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. Numbers are also limited to just 12 people on this unique Vatican tour, ensuring you'll see the very best of the Vatican Museums in a small-group atmosphere.
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Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

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The Vatican museums are one of the world's most visited museum complexes and undoubtedly on Rome's "must see" list. Yet with long lines, crowds and its sheer scale, it is easy for people to end up overwhelmed and exhausted. Don't let that happen to you! Imagine walking through these magnificently adorned halls without the noise of hundreds of bustling tourists; It's almost like having the place to yourself. You will visit the Vatican when only 10% of the usual crowds are present, with your own private tour guide and enjoy a pickup transfer from your accommodation!
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Guided Tours

Learn more about the priceless art inside the Vatican Museums with an expert guide.
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Spend more time inside with no-wait access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel through an official, Vatican partner entrance. On this comprehensive guided tour, you'll experience the best of the Vatican in just three hours, including the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's, and more. Navigate the vast complex of artwork and history with an expert, who will bring this ancient collection to life. Choose from several departure times, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
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Skip-the-Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Tour

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Immerse yourself in the Vatican's awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more.
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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Access

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See all the most important sights of the Vatican City with a guide in your chosen language. Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica to spend more time gazing at masterpieces of art.
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Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Join this 3-hour tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line access. Explore the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter's Basilica, and marvel at their unique Renaissance masterpieces.
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More Tickets & Tours

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Vatican City Tour: Sistine Chapel, Museum & St. Peter's

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Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with skip the line admission with a group that never exceeds 35 people!
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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica Tour

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Skip the lines and discover one of the world's best collections of Renaissance art
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Rome: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

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Skip the lines to the Vatican Museums on a 3-hour small group tour in Rome. See one of the world’s great art collections, including Michelangelo’s magnificent Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, and St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world.
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OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card

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Your complete Rome sightseeing package at a discounted price
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5 Tips for Visiting the Vatican Museums

Standing in line | Flickr: Kars Alfrink CC BY 2.0
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The entrance to the Vatican Museums is quite a walk from St. Peter’s Square and line for St. Peter’s Basilica, and you’ll have to walk up a reasonably steep hill to get there. On very busy days, the line for tickets can reach all the way back to St. Peter’s Square so you should definitely book a ticket that includes skip the line entry.
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For those who love to get up early, consider booking an early access Vatican tour. There are two options: the cheaper and simpler option is the entry with breakfast, which begins at either 7.15 am or 8.15 am, and can be booked by itself, with an audio guide, or with a guided tour escorted by an expert. For an even more exclusive experience, consider taking the ‘Good Morning Vatican Museums Tour’, where you’ll tour the museums at 6 am with the key-keeper of the museums and have the honor of being the first visitors into the Sistine Chapel. You’ll also get breakfast and a guided tour with one of the museum’s guides. If you’re a night owl, then there are also tours available after the museums close for the day.
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Take some time after you enter the museums to orient yourself! The corridors are winding and the best path to see everything isn’t always obvious, so pick up a map and plan your route to avoid missing rooms and exhibits. The Sistine Chapel will be the last item on any route, so don’t follow the signs to it unless you’re sure you’ve seen everything else you’re interested in.
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Entry to the Vatican Museums is free on the last Sunday of every month! However, that means that those dates are extremely crowded, with long lines to enter. If you have the budget for a ticket then you should probably plan your visit for another day.
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The museums receive roughly 25,000 visitors a day, but that figure varies wildly depending on the season. If you have the ability to choose, then visit between November and March (leaving out Christmas and Easter, when there’s also a spike). And if you have a choice of weekdays, then visit between Tuesday and Thursday to avoid the busiest days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s inside the Vatican Museums?

The Popes and other members of the Catholic Church have been some of the most dedicated patrons of the arts, and the Vatican Museums are home to their extensive collection. The museums are made up of several smaller galleries and rooms, some of which house paintings and sculpture, and some of which are works of art in their own right. From ancient Roman sculptures and mosaics to modern art with religious themes, the Vatican Museums display about 20,000 diverse works. Famous names to watch out for include Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso. Visitors should also take the time to visit the Raphael Rooms, which were commissioned as a suite of apartments for Pope Julius II and feature beautiful fresco scenes in a High Renaissance style. And, of course, you should make sure not to miss the Sistine Chapel, which includes the famous ceiling and The Last Judgement by Michelangelo, in addition to frescos by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, and Rosselli.

Do I need a separate ticket to see the Sistine Chapel? Can I only visit the Sistine Chapel?

The Sistine Chapel can only be accessed via the Vatican Museums, so there is no ticket option that exclusively includes entry to the chapel. Access to the chapel is included in all tickets to the Vatican Museums, and the chapel is one of the last rooms you’ll visit if you follow the recommended itineraries offered by the museum. If you’ve booked a guided tour, your guide will give you all the information about the chapel before you enter, as it is considered a deeply sacred place and guests are asked to remain silent while inside.

Should I take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums?

The Vatican Museums are huge and maze-like, with many different galleries dedicated to different eras. If you’re interested in the highlights and getting more information about the most important pieces of art, then a guided tour is an excellent choice. Your guide will help you to navigate the hallways while keeping you informed about the most important pieces, guiding you safely to the Sistine Chapel at the end. Official guided tours take at least 2 hours, tours with private guides may take longer. If you’d rather wander by yourself, without the pressure of keeping up with a group, then an audio guide is probably a good idea. While there is some text available next to certain artworks, the audio guide can provide far more information about the pieces you’re seeing.

How long will it take to visit the Vatican Museums?

First of all, you’ll need to factor in whether or not you’ve booked your ticket in advance. If not, then you’ll need to arrive before the museum opens, as lines for tickets can be up to two hours long during the busiest times of the year. Once inside, you’re free to explore all day if you’d like. Most people spend between two and three hours inside, which is enough time to see the highlights, including the Sistine Chapel, and that’s also how long most of the guided tours take. However, if you’re an art-lover who wants to linger in all the galleries, you can easily make a day trip out of your visit. There are courtyards to rest in, plus a café, restaurant, and pizzeria where you can find lunch and snack options, so take as much time as you need!

Can I see the Vatican Gardens?

The Vatican Gardens - those close to the Vatican Museums - can only be visited with an authorized guide on certain dates. With limited numbers of tickets available, the tour can be difficult to book but is highly recommended as the gardens contain a stunning series of fountains, carefully maintained plantlife from around the world, and even a reconstruction of the grotto in Lourdes. You’ll also get great views of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. There are other papal gardens available to visit at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. The Barberini Gardens there used to be reserved for the private use of the Pope, but Pope Francis opened them to the public in 2014. Tickets are available for the gardens only or the gardens and the Apostolic Palace, and there’s even a VIP ticket that includes the Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, Barberini Gardens, and Castel Gandolfo.

Is a trip to the museum suitable for children?

The Vatican welcomes families with children, and staff members are on hand to assist with strollers when you’re traveling between floors of the museum. There are also baby changing facilities and a nursing room for those with very small children, and the restaurant and pizzeria provide high chairs. There is a child-friendly audio guide that follows a slightly shorter itinerary. While the museum has all of these facilities, parents should consider that the art is mostly serious and religious in nature and that the corridors and galleries can be extremely crowded with large groups. Older children and teenagers will probably enjoy the visit far more than younger children.

Can I take photographs in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel?

Photography for personal use only is permitted throughout the museums, although visitors are asked not to take photographs using flash, tripods, selfie sticks, or any other kind of equipment. Photography or filming of any kind is forbidden inside the Sistine Chapel.

General Information

Opening Hours

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm. The museum and chapel are also open on the last Sunday of every month from 9 am to 2 pm. Other closures in 2019 include 1 January, 11 February, 19 March, 22 April, 1 May, 29 June, 14 and 15 August, 1 November, 25 and 26 December.

Address

Viale Vaticano
00165 Rome

How to get there

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel can be reached via metro line A or via tram 19 to the stop at Piazza del Risorgimento. They can also be reached by bus numbers 32, 49, 81, 492, 982, and 990.

Dresscode

The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican Gardens require visitors to be modestly dressed. Low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, miniskirts, and hats are not allowed.
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