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Vatican Museums

Address: Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 69884676
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Ranked #13 of 25 Attractions in Vatican City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: With more than five miles of corridors, this vast complex of museums...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With more than five miles of corridors, this vast complex of museums chronicles the history and accomplishments of mankind over the last 2000 years, featuring classic masterpieces such as Rodin's "Thinker" and the Sistine Chapel.
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

I was amazed by just how much was on display. Plan for at least a half a day - full day with other Vatican sites. Buy tickets ahead of time to avoid lines. We got the audio your and this was very good - helps put what you're seeing in context. December was a good time to visit - less... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Depending on your point of view, the extent of the art collection is either astounding or obscene. Either way, it is worth a visit, and legitimately more than one. Be prepared for long walks and a lot of stairs. There are several routes you can follow, pretty much all of which end in the Sistine Chapel. It is worth the... More 

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We bought our "skip the line" tickets months in advance, but oddly enough, did not need them. We visited on a Tuesday, the last week of November and found NO LINES. A tour guide attributed the light turn-out to the beginning of winter, but it may have been a total fluke. Anyway, one could spend hours admiring the floor to... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Vatican Museum is a must in Rome. Try to avoid queues (ticketline or Vatican site), and, preferably become part of a group with a guide (they take around one hour, but, after you´re free to go wherever you want). No words to describe what you´ll see. Try to chose one dat that the Sistine Chapell is open.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Love the museum! So much art to look at... it's really quite amazing. I really recommend getting tickets online in advance as the line can be long.

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Havelock, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

As a history buff, I knew the Catholics had an obscene amount of 'treasures' from other countries however I had no idea the extent of it until we visited the museum. There is so much to see in the museum, I would allot at least 3 hours to make your way through here. We were 'suckers' and didn't purchase our... More 

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Bisbee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Packed with beautiful art and religious history. Take your time to appreciate the modern art rooms before the Sistine Chapel. INCREDIBLE DONT RUSH THROUGH THE MUSEUM ENJOY! Buy your tickets on the Vatican website.

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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I am on my honeymoon and the Vatican museum was on my bucket list of where to go... I have heard only good things about it. We purchased advance tickets and went in... The guards firstly, are SO rude!!!! And the people working there . You would think people working in a holy place would be a bit more spiritual... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We made reservation on the Vatican website for 20 Euros /each person to avoid standing in the 3 hours line. We arrived way early, some company sold us a tour on a tour for about 50 Euro each person to go in early but that would also void our original reservation. His pitch was that the tour will give us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Our hotel arranged the museum ticket purchase and we took a cab from the hotel (close to the Spanish Steps) to the Vatican Museum (cab ride cost about 10 euro). The museums are breathtaking. All in all, we spent about 7 hours at the Vatican (with the museum being about 4 hours). Three to four hours will be enough time... More 

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