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Reviewed today

Did the research and came to Rome in fairly low season (November) and visited the museum on a Friday entering around 1:00pm. Although there were plenty of visitors, here was no line to buy entry tickets and virtually no lines within the museum, including to the Sistine Chapel!

The place speaks for itself, but if you didn’t do some homework ahead of time or know your art history, it might be worthwhile to get an audio guide or guided tour. I’m a history teacher so we just did it on our own.

I’d recommend that you be well fed upon entering so you don’t have to waste time finding food once you are in the museum. Keep your bags small enough as well so you wont have to leave them in the coatroom or in a locker. If you do this then you can exit the Sistine Chapel through the “secret exit”. It is the one on the right at the back of the Sistine Chapel, with a sign that says “tour groups only”, just wait until you see a group going through, then tag on the the end of the group) This exit goes straight to the entrance to St. Peters Basilica and allows you to skip walking around the exterior walls of the Vatican if you use the main museum exit.

Thank globedecker
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Reviewed today

This was our first time to this attraction & we found that it was not very clear to which entrance we needed to go, we ended up paying entrance to the museum which was very interesting but we had to come out of there to go to the Vatican through another entrance! Maybe this is why people pay for a tour.

Thank janetb679
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Reviewed today

Before going here I was very excited for so many things you get to read on the internet. Its an interesting place and if you have read the hype about it, you should visit. This place has historical paintings and beautiful roofs. Although this place is crowded, it is well ventilated. Make sure to read a few things about this place before you visit.

Thank Parisha T
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fabulous but mage sure you go Wednesday morning and with a guide !! Fantastic. Really a wonderful experience for any Roman holiday.

Thank 495alant
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Reviewed yesterday

The Vatican museum and Sistine chapel contain some of the greatest artworks in the world. I lined up outside for 2 hours with a line beating tour group to get in with a mob that basically made it a shoulder to shoulder experience. The best you could hope for was a glimpse of the art and by the time we got to the Sistine my wife and I were so battered and worn out we could not even be bothered to look even without the minders and move move and silencio. Definitely needs to have some crowd reduction implemented.

Thank 596bryanp
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Reviewed yesterday

A Dream Trip to Rome is fulfilled and more excited witnessing the beauty of Rome and Vatican City. Vatican Museum is a vast museum which takes a complete day to spend your time going around. We took general ticket of 17 euros, the line is also a way long. However we were ready to go and unlock our excitement. For us, It took more than half a day to finish visiting Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. I am really thrilled to see those historical sculptures, beautiful paintings, artistic monuments, every minute is lovely and gorgeous. It would be more to better to go early hours for peaceful visit. Crowd will be anyways there in such a vast museum. Sistine Chapel is full of Paintings on its wall with its religious concepts.

Thank soumyadevanaboina
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One of the most visited museums of the world... It has a collection of art works on display, collected by different Pope's in different centuries...

Thank sanjeev1968
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Poor rating for the crowds, not the art. As many others have already said, the Vatican Museum is way overcrowded, and dangerous. Apparently, they have different fire codes than I am used to. Entering with pre-purchased online timed tickets was the only easy part. We passed a line over 2 blocks long. But once inside, chaos ensued. Shoulder to shoulder, it was hard to enjoy any of the art along the way (which is quite a long way) with people pushing in the stuffy, warm hallways. Anyway, we did enjoy two of the open courtyards for a breath of fresh air. Along the way we saw the Egyptian collection,the Map room and some other rooms with equally amazing ceilings. Every intersection had a sign leading different ways to the Sistine chapel, so I have no idea how we actually arrived. But we were routed an alternate way down skinny hallways, and deathtrap skinny staircases.

Finally, we reached the Sistine Chapel, but were quickly herded in to the middle by the guards. People were not adhering to the no talking policy so it took away from the spiritual enjoyment of the moment. Finally, we heard an order “Silenzio” = Silence! And, of course, some people insist on taking forbidden photos. I loved seeing this masterpiece, but definitely didn’t enjoy the circumstances and was glad to finally leave the crowded chapel. But we still had a long walk back to the exit, using a different hallway that was less crowded and had more artwork that we hadn’t previously seen, which was good. Finally, to the amazing spiral staircase to exit. We approached one cab who gave us a ridiculously high price quote, so we went to the next one who was properly metered and headed off to the Colosseum.

The Vatican Museum should be ashamed at their greed by over-selling tickets. It is a magnificent collection, what you could see of it. But knowing what I know now, I would probably have skipped it and enjoyed it in documentaries.

Thank trishtogo
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went to the Vatican early November. We paid to get early access so were one of the first people to get in at 730. We made a beeline straight to the Sistine chapel which was quiet and peaceful at that time - much recommended (we did another lap and came back an hour later and it was horrendous!)

We were rather underwhelmed by the Sistine chapel and thought it would be much more ornate (small churches on the street in Rome and more highly decorated?) and instead found the room of maps and the stanze di raffaello much more beautiful.

There are many many groups of tours which stop in the middle of rooms and block the flow, lots of rude people...

My advice would be to decide what you want to see and go and see it all early. There were so many different rooms, artefacts and information that 4 hours later we still hasn't seen everything but we were exhausted!

Book ahead. Get an audio guide. Choose what you want to see. Go EARLY.

Thank 689emilliem
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Reviewed 3 days ago

what museum has to offer is great, the capela Sistina is a marvel, but the number of visitors makes it impossible to enjoy the museum :(
I am angry that they have not made a maximum of people per hour!!!

Thank PUTNICA80
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