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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Viale Vaticano, Vatican City

The Basics

Small-group guided tours or skip-the-line tickets help guarantee hassle-free access to this popular attraction. Private morning tours offering early access (before the museums are open to the general public) are also excellent ways to enjoy the Vatican’s treasures in relative peace, while many group tours combine the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Gardens. If you’re traveling with kids, consider a kid-friendly guided tour that focuses on the museum’s highlights.

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Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
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Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
$81.84 per adult
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Fantastic way to see Vatican
Alex was a brilliant tour guide. Incredibly knowledgeable and her passion for the topic shone through. We had our elderly mother with us and it was a great way to see the Vatican and beat the crowds without worrying about having to wait in long queues.
Mia_C, Feb 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Very knowledgeable guide....
Denis_F, Oct 2022
Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Very knowledgeable guide. They should limit the number of visitors as it was very crowded and not very covid secure.
star-5
Excellent tour.
Richard_H, Feb 2023
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
It all went very smoothly, with excellent, knowledgeable guide. Really enjoyable and informative tour. Good value. Would book through visitor again.
star-5
Assunta was a terrific...
Zack_B, Feb 2023
Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Assunta was a terrific guide. Very knowledge, gave great instructions and information on what to do next, and had a clear and engaging voice that kept us all listening. Highly recommend!
star-5
World of wonder
Susan_B, Feb 2023
Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel
Just loved the entire few hours i spent roaming thru the rooms.. So many amaxung things to see.. Packed with history. My personal favourite is the egyptian exhibits.
star-5
Great tour guide
Malcolm_D, Feb 2023
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
The tour was wonderful, visuals breathtaking. Our tour guide was witty cheerful and fulll of small anecdotes which had the whole group in splits. Great tour we had a great time.
star-5
Very memorable
Michael_Q, Feb 2023
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with St. Peter's Basilica Access
Our tour guide fabrizio was very knowledgeable and easy to get on with.. took us round the Vatican City with ease..👍👍
star-5
Totally worth it.
Danielle_A, Feb 2023
Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Time went by so fast and it was great to be able to skip the crowds saving time to do other things instead if standing in line. Highly recommended.
star-5
Vatican City your
Danielle_D, Feb 2023
Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
We had an amazing tour guide named Sarah. She was so kind and made sure everyone was accounted for and able to understand her explanations. Great experience.
star-5
Enjoyed the whole...
Jacqueline_C, Feb 2023
Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Enjoyed the whole experience. Alexandra was excellent. Would highly recommend her. The tour was more than I expected.
star-5
Vatican City Tour
Yuething_T, Feb 2023
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Christine (not sure spelling of her name correctly), the tour guide, does a great job. She is very knowledgeable & tells us interesting stories about the museum. We are very enjoy the tour.
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An Experience of a Lifetime
MaAileen_S, Feb 2023
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with St. Peter's Basilica Access
An experience of a lifetime to see all the artifacts and collections of the Vatican . The history and presentation of the Vatican collections including the Sistene Chapel is life changing . It preserved the glory of the time when these artworks were crafted by famous and world class artists including Michael Angelo !
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A must in Rome
Michael_A, Feb 2023
Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel
The Vatican is absolutely beautiful. A must to be seen in Rome and my advice is to go early in the morning to enjoy and admire this magnificent place
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry lines often stretch for blocks, and wait times can be two or three hours, especially in summer—book in advance.

  • Vatican Museums tickets include entrance to the Sistine Chapel, and the same opening hours apply.

  • Appropriate behavior and attire (shoulders, knees, and abdomen covered) are required to enter the Sistine Chapel.

  • Security for entering the museum complex includes a metal detector.

  • There is a free cloakroom where you can check large bags, umbrellas, and luggage.

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How to Get There

The Vatican Museums complex is adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a five-minute walk away, while many city tours pass by or include a stop at this popular spot.

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When to Get There

The Vatican Museums sees crowds of travelers year-round. It's busiest in summer, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during winter. At any time of year, the museums are most crowded at midday, so aim to visit in the early morning or late afternoon if you’re looking for a more laid-back experience.

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Seeing the Pope at the Vatican

Each week, usually on Wednesday mornings, the pope and cardinals give a papal address in St. Peter’s Square. Throngs descend for the papal audience, so be sure to book official tickets in advance if you want to secure your slot to see the pope deliver his weekly message.

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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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