Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums, Vatican City: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Vatican Museums Reviews: 4.5/5

Vatican Museums
4.5
Religious Sites • Art Museums
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from $11.84
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The area
Address
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.
How to get there
  • Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani • 7 min walk
  • Cipro • 7 min walk
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Radu S
6 contributions
Nice visit in Rome Vatican and Colloseum
Oct 2021 • Family
Nice experience, very professional guides. Lot of interesting details impossible to find otherwise. Skip the line helped a lot.
Written October 23, 2021
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CPaM68
Texas580 contributions
Would Recommend the Self-guided Audio Tour Instead of a Guided Group Tour
Nov 2020
We had spent several days in Florence and Tuscany were only going to be in Rome for a couple of days before flying back home. Trying to see as much as we could in our limited time, we took a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Getting in without having to stand in line was about the only thing good about the tour. The group was too large (about 25 people) and although everyone was given audio headphones to hear what the guide was saying, she went way too fast, and we couldn’t keep up with her. The museum was very busy and crowded, making it impossible for our tour to bunch-up and walk together as a group. It would be nearly impossible to stop and look at every item on display piece by piece, but on a guided tour that won’t happen anyway. The guide has a time schedule to meet and has a list of items that they feel are the most important to see. They go from item to item on their list, walking past many interesting looking items in between. Our guide would start describing or telling the significant of something as soon as she started approaching it. But, with it being so crowded only 3-4 people were right there with her and the rest of us were strung out behind not being able to see what she was describing. Many times, by the time you could get up within sight of what she was describing, she had finished and was moving on. Several times various people asked her to slow down and wait, but to no avail. (PaM)
Written October 23, 2021
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AccessGuy
Pittsburgh, PA336 contributions
Focused more on the history than the art. Good general overview.
Oct 2021
Expert tour guide and good pace. I was really looking for an art-only tour rather than a general Vatican tour which included art.
Written October 22, 2021
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Joshua B
Houston, TX212 contributions
The Sistine Chapel alone would be worth it
Sep 2021
The Vatican Museums are definitely something special. It is a lot to look at, and can be very overwhelming. I did not find it as enjoyable as some other museums, but it is definitely worth the visit just to see the Sistine Chapel. The Hall of Constantine and the Hall of Maps are also very impressive.
Written October 19, 2021
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982rodneyl
Grande Prairie, Canada144 contributions
Beyond Incredible
Oct 2021
We booked private tour direct with Vatican Museums, be careful as there are many sites that try to lead you to believe they are the official site - look for .va at the end of the web address. Our guide was Serena Guiliani and she was superb. Impeccable English with encyclopedic knowledge and passion that brought everything to life. We booked the 7:30 tour with breakfast which gained us the earliest possible entry with the result that we had the Sistine Chapel virtually to ourselves for almost 15 minutes before the first large tour group arrived. There are too many highlights in addition to the Sistine Chapel to begin to describe. Serena provided 2 plus hours of guided tour and many suggestions of how to best view the remainder of the museum exhibits. After the surprisingly good, and very large, breakfast we spent an additional 4 hours until we had reached sensory saturation!
Written October 19, 2021
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SnowChildLondon
Greater London, UK11 contributions
Tour of the Vatican museum and Sistene Chapel
Oct 2021 • Friends
Barbara is a great guide. Engaging and full of facts and information. Friendly and fun and very inclusive. She was thorough with her explanations without laborious. I felt like now I know a little bit more and would recommend her as a fab tour guide.
Written October 19, 2021
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Toni
1 contribution
Amazing
Oct 2021 • Couples
The experience was great the tour guide was amazing the tour was full of interesting things and lots of details
Written October 17, 2021
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Ali B
2 contributions
Top of the Basilica Dome and Vatican Museum
Oct 2021 • Friends
Sandra was very informative and enjoyable! I’m SO glad I made the climb to the dome is St. Peter’s Basilica. Seeing the mosaic artwork on the ceiling and walls was absolutely incredible. Sandra’s knowledge made the tour.
Written October 16, 2021
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FahedSultan
Kuwait3 contributions
Literally the BEST tour i have ever been on
Oct 2021
I usually hate tours. But this one was just wonderful. Amil (our tour guide) was funny, informative and literally the best guide i have ever had. I enjoyed every second of our tour.
Written October 12, 2021
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Nashville_brent_65
Franklin, TN282 contributions
Better than I expected
Oct 2021 • Couples
Our main goal, like most people, was to see the Sistine Chapel. It was truly remarkable.
However, I have to say the rest of the museum was quite remarkable as well.
Written October 11, 2021
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