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

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

57,323 Reviews
Viale Vaticano, Vatican City

The Basics

The Vatican Museums is the most popular attraction in Rome, hosting millions of visitors each year. Booking a small-group guided tour or skip-the-line access in advance is highly recommended. A private tour offering early access in the morning, before the museums are open to the general public, is an excellent way to enjoy the Vatican’s treasures in relative peace. Many group tours include visits to the museums and Sistine Chapel along with St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Gardens. There is a tremendous amount to take in here, so if you are traveling as a family with young children who may get overwhelmed, consider a guided kid-friendly tour that focuses on the museums' highlights.

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Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Group Tour

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Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Group Tour
$60.61 per adult
The guide was OUTSTANDING He was knowledgeable AND patient. My companion would wander off OR stop to compose photos he would wait.
Robert_M, Dec 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

Very nice tour
Algano25, Jun 2021
Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel
Very nice tour. Claudia was very knowledgeable. Very few tourists were present this early in the morning.
Vatican Museums
JoseM_Z, Jun 2021
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour
Cristina De Santis was the best guide, we loved the Vatican museums, she made our tour much better than we expected!!!
Very knowledgeable and kind guide
Catherine_A, Jun 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
The visit of the Vatican Museum with Silvia was extraordinary. She was kind and extremely knowledgeable The collections of the Vatican are impressive , the Sistine Chapel, but also the gallery of maps is stunning
Vivia_F, Jun 2021
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets
No crowds, easy advanced reservations. There was some confusion when we arrived. Caller said go straight to entrance and show electronic reservations but guard said to go to another location to activate reservations.
Lori, May 2021
Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel
Always love to see the Vatican museum!! These tickets were easy to purchase and we opted for no guide. We spent 6 hours just wandering in awe.
Love is in the air
Natilee_B, Feb 2021
Vatican museums virtual tour
Very personable experience. Our tour guide had a wealth of knowledge and I learned a lot of new information. This is definitely a nice event for couples
Virtual Vatican
Christine_N, Jan 2021
The secrets of Vatican museums, virtual tour
The tour was amazing. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and eager to answer all questions. It's incredible that these virtual tours are offered, people who want to visit Italy or for those who cannot travel are given the opportunity to see the beauty of the Vatican. Thank you so very much.
An excellent Guide
Ann-Danni-P, Oct 2020
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
The young man who took as on the tour was one that we felt lucky to have with us. He had taken the trouble to bring his tablet with him with various photos that helped us to understand what he was telling us. He seemed genuinely interested in what he was telling us and didn’t make us feel rushed at all. Any questions raised were answered Any group he takes should feel them selves very lucky to have him as their guide.
Breathtaking Republic Rome Vatican experience!!
Hatim, Oct 2020
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour
Wow. The Vatican museums are incredible. Our guide Christina was friendly and full of life. She was full of knowledge and shared some great insight. I really recommend republic Rome tours for the Vatican!
kathryn_r, Sep 2020
Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel
Very good considering the difficult times. Felt very safe with temperature checks and insistence of face masks. The only downside was the £8 per headset very expensive and it is easy to share one if you are in a couple as they don’t come with headphones.
Vatican Museum tour
Joanne_O, Sep 2020
Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Fantastic knowledgeable guide and a great tour. Despite it being quieter at the moment is was worthwhile booking ahead and jumping the queue.
Must do
Heather_H, Sep 2020
Vatican Tour: Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel
This was a fantastic experience! Our guide Fe was so knowledgeable, fun , entertaining and she had a answer for every question we had. I really recommend this trip and Fe!

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.

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When to Get There

The Vatican Museums sees crowds of travelers year-round. It is busiest in summer, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are relatively 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 quieter 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 be assured a chance to see the pope deliver his weekly message.

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