Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighborhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighborhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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  • Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani • 7 min walk
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  • Morgan
    218 contributions
    So much to see!
    We visited the museums as part of a skip the line guided tour with the basilica afterward (would definitely recommend seeing this way). There is so much to see that you could easily spend hours or even days if you tried to look at everything! All wonderfully preserved and celebrated. You might spend half of your time looking up as the ceilings are so incredibly intricate and astounding!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 24, 2023
  • Mrinaliny M
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
    Reliving the stories from History Books
    What a beautiful, well maintained place, where time was standing still. We grew up learning the history of the magnificent city of Rome, when my husband and I was amidst the tour, especially with the guide, it felt like we were living the stories. My favourite was the Sistine Chapel!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 25, 2023
  • Claude M
    Vence, France933 contributions
    Impressive collections and Chapel Sistine
    You need to buy the museum ticket to get to the Sistine Chapel. Buy before you leave home, and get an early AM ticket. There will be less of a crowd in the Sistine chapel. The collections are enormous and impressive. The maps gallery and the Etruscan collection made an impression on us. Of course, the Sistine chapel is magnificent.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • Chris318i
    Regensburg, Germany333 contributions
    One of the most impressive museum we have ever seen
    The Vatican Museums are definitely one of the most impressing museums we have ever visited. My wife, two sons (4 and 2 years old) and I went there in August during the day. Maybe we were lucky, because it was raining before, but there was almost no waiting time at the entrance (the priority entrance was therefore obsolete). However, the Museum itself was rather crowded and therefore it is difficult to enjoy the atmosphere there. Sometimes we were more or less forced exhibition space as we were caught in the queue. Still, for us it was a great experience and from our point of view, the Vatican Museums are definitely a must-see in Rome.
    Visited August 2022
    Written March 5, 2023
  • beachnrun
    41 contributions
    Breathtaking! Do the pre-opening tour!
    We did the early morning tour, before the museums open to the public, which included breakfast after the tour. Best decision ever. We booked directly through the Vatican Museum website. We had the Sistine Chapel (and entire museum) to ourselves with just a handful of other tours. The works of art were breathtaking. Our guide was passionate and knowledgeable. In the Sistine Chapel in particular, she had the time and space to explain the paintings. We didn’t realize what a difference the pre-opening tour was until we went back inside after breakfast. It was chaos even at 10 am during low season. Hundreds of people, all trying to see the same masterpieces, tour groups taking up so much space. The Sistine Chapel was packed with people, and the guards were constantly over the loudspeaker reminding people to be quiet. Such a difference from our experience sitting on the benches, with our guide quietly describing the masterpiece. The Vatican Museum is an amazing place, with art and artifacts beyond the religious, and will be an experience of a lifetime regardless of how it is seen, but, if able, I recommend spending the extra for the early morning tour. One of the highlights of our trip to Italy!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 6, 2023
  • CharliMcFarli
    Farnborough, United Kingdom54 contributions
    Get there early...
    I travelled with my husband and another couple and had pre-booked breakfast and an audio guide. Breakfast: there are 2-3 sittings and the staff are very strict on schedules, bordering on rude. If they put a sign outside with sitting times, they wouldn't have to field everybody arriving to ask the same question. We booked the 815am slot, which turned out to be an 830am start. Service is a bit chaotic - they bring everything to the table, except pancakes which you queue for. The food is ample/decent: fresh bread, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage and fresh pastries. It took ages to get a hot drink, but overall, it set us up for the visit. Museums: you collect your simple map and audio guide and just press the number displayed in each room/area, or specific statue/item. Then off you go at your own pace. There weren't too many tours to navigate so we had plenty of room to look around. Some of the rooms/items are stunning. Overall, we took 2.5 hours, but you could easily spend much longer.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Nantia Vasileiou
    1 contribution
    A day in the Vatican with Deborah
    First of all I liked the fact that we could skip the queues. The museum and the chapele were exquisite. Our guide Deborah was absolutely fantastic. The best guide we could ever have. Excellent English accent. Great sense of humour. She was precise, passionate, she enlightened us and gave us food for thought. For 2 and a half ours we were hanging on her lips. Thank you very much for the experience. The Greeks. PS: Now we know who Laocoon was.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Big_Jeff_Leo
    St Helens, United Kingdom21,978 contributions
    Book the upgrade!
    One of the very top highlights of Rome; most people actually know this and flock here in their thousands. My advice would be at minimum is to pre-book a skip the line entry, otherwise you will be in for a long day. We booked such an option and reported to the office directly across road from the main entrance were the guide took us in and gave us the tickets and off we went. There are many other options available including having a private guide or going in prior to the main opening. If you intend to see it all then you will need at least a FULL DAY, It literally is massive. I would advise that you concentrate on what might interest you the most. The painted art of course is fully dominated by religous subjects and might not be of interest to everyone, but the ceilings are just amazing to behold. My particular interest was in the sculpture and the Roman Empire exhibits and I was not disappointed. There is no photography in the Sistine Chapel, but you are OK to video and take images in all of the other areas. You are provided with a map on entry, bit this is not easy to use so I would again advise that you do your own research and focus on the galleries that might interest you the most. There is also a few places to eat and drink inside - and you will need them!!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Angela M
    17 contributions
    Mixed bag
    Had a pre booked skip the line self tour with Get Your Guide which was superb. Go straight to the entrance and just exchange voucher for a ticket at reception. Very easy! The reception hall after security is a shambles of tour groups and folk milling about. It looks like there long lines for the desks but folk just stand about anywhere with no one moving them along so this could be better organised. We had to hire a wheelchair for my mother which was easy and quick and comfortable for her. Two things, the staff were amazing so friendly and helpful for finding ramps, lift and accessible toilets etc… but if there are no staff around the signage is very confusing and I’m sure we missed rooms but we did enough. Sistene chapel is chaos although again the staff led us round to find a spot where my mum had space but we couldn’t stay too long as just so many people! I guess it’s one of those things you have to do in Rome and there are beautiful things to see but can’t imagine it’s an enjoyable experience in summer!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Juliana G
    Medellin, Colombia2 contributions
    Holidays in Europe
    I went to the Vatican Museums in april 2022, I traveled whit my husband, my son, my step son, my aunt and my cousin and we visited this fantastic place. In the Vatican Museo there were many sculptures, paintings and works of art, there was a section with spiral ladders, there were several cafes and there was a Sistine Chapel. We did the tour and then we visited Saint Peter's Basicil
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 14, 2023
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edawson55
16 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited the Vatican City on 25/01/20. We arrived at just before 9am and there was a queue outside the walls for people who wanted to buy tickets, it wasn’t extremely long. Queuing, going through security and buying tickets was a total of just over 45 minutes. There will be people constantly asking you if you want to ‘skip the line’ and that you’ll be waiting ‘2 hours.’ Just ignore them and carry on waiting as it won’t take 2 hours. It will be busier in the summer months. The museums themselves were interesting, some of the information boards were faded which meant reading the facts was difficult. It was busy but we still managed to have a good look around. We were in the museums for around an hour and a half. When we came out around 11:15, there was a queue but it was a little shorter than when we arrived. The price of an adult 18+ is €17 and a student up to age 24 was €8. The queue to get into St Peter’s Basilica was huge, wrapping around the square, so we didn’t bother queuing. Beware of this when visiting.
Written January 25, 2020
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Ally C
14 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We bought our tickets for the museums and the Sistine Chapel in advance from the Vatican museums website, along with audio guides. On the day, turn up at your time with your tickets, go through security, pick up the tickets and the audio guides - all done in ten minutes or so. Inside it could be quite crowded at times and with at least one tour guide who pushed us out of the way of something we were looking at with the audio guide. Mostly though you could go through at leisure, even in the Sistine Chapel, and enjoy the history. If you can, make a day of it and do the gardens as well. Took us best part of three hours to wander through.

Take a bottle of water!
Written February 29, 2020
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Ian D
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom658 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore the museum as there are many hours worth of exhibitions.

Highlights for me were the Raphael rooms and obviously the magnificent Sistine Chapel. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we were lucky to visit during very low crowds and weren’t rushed at all

I’d recommend paying for the audio guide as we’d have missed a lot of information otherwise
Written October 18, 2020
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Berniexx
wilmslow151 contributions
Jan 2020
My husband and I visited in January, I pre booked the entrance tickets via the Vatican official website and we opted for a 11.00am slot. Even in January the museum was busy but only took about 15 minutes to exchange our voucher for tickets and get through security. Every room in the museum was breathtaking from famous artists, beautiful paintings, sculptures, Roman artefacts and world history throughout. We followed the long route which eventually took us to the Sistine Chapel which was stunning and brought a tear to the eye. Unfortunately, can’t see that you would ever be able to avoid crowds at this beautiful place. We spent about 3 hours in the museum including the Sistine chapel but didn’t manage to see everything. There were many guided tours going on during our visit. We didn’t use a guide nor did we use the audio equipment. You are allowed to take photos without a flash in the museum. However, photos in the Sistine chapel is NOT Allowed So glad we visited as it’s always been on my bucket list. Highly recommend.
Written February 9, 2020
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Malgorzata
12,113 contributions
May 2019
An outstanding collection of priceless artifacts. The Vatican Museums belong to the most important and richest museums around the world. The collection of Roman classical art is particularly abundant, the chambers of the apartments of Popes Alexander VI Borgia and Julius II - Raphael's Hall - are also remarkable. The culmination of the museum tour is the contemplation of the Sistine Chapel. Exploring the Vatican Museums is a must if you’re visiting Rome. You can spend several hours there. The entrance fee is not excessive. If you want save your money I recommend entering on the last Sunday of the month, because admission is free. However, it can be even more crowded than usual.
Written April 13, 2020
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Victoria Loughlin
Belfast, UK14 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We got the full experience tour with a guide of the Vatican museums, Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Our guide was called Serena, she was fantastic 10/10. Very knowledgable, friendly, informative, funny and engaging. She was fantastic. The first part of the tour was through the museum, it is huge with so many rooms full of art, tapestries, paintings, statues etc. Without the guide and her wealth of information we wouldn’t have enjoyed this half as much. There is no talking allowed inside the Sistine chapel so all tour guide info is given before you go in, using a very helpful digital screen with pictures etc so the guide can talk you through what to look for. It was very interesting, incredibly busy even for February but please listen to your guide and/or respect the numerous signs on the way in - no talking or photos inside the Sistine chapel! Our guide then met us at the back of the chapel and took us to St. Peter’s. She was brilliant at pointing out Swiss Guards etc going past us and again had so much knowledge about the exterior and interior of St. Peter’s Basilica. Once inside she showed us around, informing us of numerous items/areas inside. She directed us to the holy water font if anyone wanted to bless themselves, which we liked as we could bless our wedding rings, as we where on honeymoon in Rome. After the tour had finished Serena had advised us we could enter the underground area to see the crypt of the Pope’s, aswell as the dome of St. Peter’s (additional fee of €8 with no escalator or €10 with the escalator). We decided to do both the crypts and the dome and found both worthwhile. Even if you pay €10 for the escalator, this will take you up to the internal dome, however still includes 200 steps up to the outside dome (amazing 360 views and definitely worth it in my opinion). However please note the steps are up through quite a small, restricted area so it may not be for you if you are claustrophobic or have mobility problems. Overall the Vatican was so interesting and we definitely thought the guide ticket was worth it. Our guide Serena, as above, was fantastic. Thank you Serena. Just a little additional information, our hotel was near trevi fountain. We found it easier to get a taxi over to ensure we arrived in time for our tour (12 euro), however we just walked back as found this the best way to navigate Rome. There are so many sights at every corner, it seems a shame to miss it in transport. We stopped off for lunch along the way but approx 30 mins walk.
Written February 9, 2020
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Caroline LP
London, UK183 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We will definitely have to go back as didn’t have enough time to see everything but what we did see was simply amazing. We didn’t need a guide as our daughter studied Latin, but would recommend a guide if you have no historical knowledge to get the full benefit. The Sistine chapel was hard to find with the map given, so if you haven’t a guide just ask the security guard to save time wandering about. Be prepared though when going to the Sistine chapel as it’s very busy!
Written February 1, 2020
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Gloria K
Berlin, Germany154 contributions
May 2019
We bought our tickets for both the vatican museum and the sistine chapel in advance for a specific time slot in the Vatican's museum official website. We didn't have to stay long in lines but only for security check, which was already quite strenuous. We got a audio guide which helped us a lot otherwise you'd be just wondering and seeing everything without knowing its history.
Like the Louvre, the Vatican museum is gigantic so expect to spend minimum 4 to 5 hours in there and still you'll have to see everything quickly. If you enjoy art history it may be that a whole day is still not enough to see. We're definitely going back to visit this museum when we go back to Rome.
Written April 5, 2020
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Daniel&Amy
Rotorua, New Zealand301 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Be prepared for an extremely long day and a lot of walking... but it’s totally worth it! Inside you’ll see some of the world’s greatest pieces of art by some of the world’s greatest artists. Rafael’s works were incredible! From sculptures, to paintings, maps, and indigenous art, you’ll see it all and you’ll surely be pleased. NOTE: we are non-EU students and we paid the reduced price - there was no trouble getting in (just make sure you take your student ID and ID that proves your DOB). Love love love. If you’re in Rome and you don’t see these museums then you’re truly missing out!!
Written January 9, 2020
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mpre53
Tampere, Finland63 contributions
Dec 2019
We visited on the first Wednesday in December. The line at the ticket booth? Literally, 3 people long. In the attached photo, my wife is the person in the centre, dressed in black. The museum is pretty much overwhelming. There's so much to see. Would a guide help? Probably, but we wanted to go through at our own pace.

The Sistine Chapel was similarly uncrowded. We were able to spend as much time as we wanted. We even found seats along the benches, which allowed us to just drink in Michelangelo's masterpieces on the ceiling and behind the altar.

I can guess that as you get closer to Chrismas, the dreaded crowds return. If you can plan a visit for early in the month, you should find a much less crowded experience.
Written January 1, 2020
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