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Vatican Museums

Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
+39 06 69884676
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$79*
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$404*
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$107*
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85%
Ranked #14 of 25 Attractions in Vatican City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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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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Western Australia, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Went as part of a 7.30am Sistine Chapel tour ahead of the crowds and got to wander the halls and rooms afterwards at our leisure. Love the comment from the previous reviewer...yes 'the Pope does have a lot of stuff'- and that's just the stuff he lets us see. Our eyes hurt after a while from all the overwhelming opulence... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We last visited the Vatican museums quite a few years ago. It seems to have changed substantially in the interim. It was a dreary day, and perhaps that kept the crowds down, but visiting with small crowds was great. I don't believe this can be done in the more typical tourist season, but in mid-November it was a real treat.... More

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Ruislip
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The museum itself is a marvellous mixture of Christian and old Roman artefacts. The Sistine Chapel is clearly the number 1 thing to see but there are many other rooms, art, architecture etc that are close rivals. The ticketing staff at the entrance could't have been more disinterested if they tried and I reckon they couldn't even be bothered to... More

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Gibraltar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

absolutely breath taking. my 4th time visiting and it never stops amazing me. there will always be a long line to get in but trust me its worth it! make sure when visiting the vatican you cover your knees and shoulders! dont want to be turned away at the door after waiting for a long time

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Grantham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The Vatican museums was an unforgettable day , rumour has it if you were to spend a minute on each object in the museum you would be in there for 12 years ! We pre-booked our tickets and tour before we left as we had spoken to others who had missed out on the Sistine chapel and that is one... More

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Adelaide, South Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Firstly, anywhere here requires that shoulders and knees be covered for modesty. This includes men. Be respectful and don't wear revealing clothes. It is best to obtain passes prior to going as you can line up for a very long time. Sometimes there is a line to get tickets, then another line to get in. There is a lot of... More

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Rockledge, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We took a skip the lines tour through What a Life Tours. It turned out to be a great decision as we had a small group of 6 with a very knowledgeable guide. She took us right to the Sistine Chapel first to get past the crowds. We were a bit overwhelmed with the beauty of this place. There aren't... More

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Buy the ticket in advance online; it costs 4 euros more; but it will save you 3-4 hours waiting in line! Actually, you receive a paper which you exchange for tickets once inside. You will spend hours in there; the pope has lots of stuff! Eventually, you will arrive at the Sistine Chapel which is full of people who refuse... More

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Outstanding collection of sculpture, paintings and tapestries, but how to appreciate it while being herded through the museums with (seemingly) millions of other visitors? Fortunately we were part of a 4-hour tour group, so we did not have to join the very long lines outside. It was an insanely crowded experience on a Monday (afternoon) in mid-October. Much ticket money... More

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Rio de Janeiro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

It's so huge you don't have time to let it sink in. So many beautiful works of art. And, in the end, the Sistine Chapel, an absolute masterpiece. Don't miss it and please, do the "long" circuit. You won't regret.

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