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Very knowledgeable

Very knowledgeable. Great experience all around! Wonderful person! Really enjoys her job! Thank you


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I recommend you to buy fast access tickets and enjoy the amazing view.


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Helpfull Staff member

I bought the ticket for st pater's but later when I see the option for audio, I upgrade the ticket. The staff was very friendly and really enjoyed the self guided tour.


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Don't pass it up

I had such an incredible day at the Vatican. The highlight of my visit was definitely St.Peter's Basilica


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Must visit

The Vatican museums are amazing. Don't pass them upQ!


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Strongly recommended

I wish I would be able can give 10 points for this tour, Nicely arranged and ground staff and our tour guide were great. Thank you guys


Visit Vatican Museum

Founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II, The Vatican Museums, house one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world. Today, the museums are home to all the paintings and sculptures amassed by Popes over the centuries; the Catholic Church sure loves art! Inside, the Vatican City Rome consists of a series of museums made up of a staggering 1,400 rooms. These exhibition rooms stretch across a distance of seven kilometers (that’s right, seven kilometers!). Moreover, they feature approximately 70,000 works of art on display. With the right St Peter’s Basilica and Vatican museum tickets, you could even have a private tour and browse the masterpieces alone. 

Visit the world’s smallest state - Book Vatican Museum Tours skip the line entry included.

These museums are a popular spot and not just because of their jaw-droppingly vast collection of art. The Vatican Museum guided tours culminate in the spiritual and artistic centerpiece of the Roman Catholic Church: the Sistine Chapel. As one of the most popular attractions in the world, there are queues all day long. So, it’s a good idea to book your Vatican Museum tours and tickets well in advance. Bear in mind that the art collection is vast. For this reason, it’s well worth considering a guided tour of the museums. For the rest of the Papal state, here are all the Vatican City attractions hacks for your visit! Enjoy everything there is to see and do while visiting the Vatican.

Vatican Museum Tour: Highlights

#VaticanMuseums Photo Ops

Vatican Museum Tickets: Buying Tips

Prepare For Your Vatican Museums Visit

Quick Facts


Vatican City

Known For

Capital of Catholic Church

Activity Type

Vatican Museums Tour

Yearly Visitors

6.7 Million

High Season

July & August

Currency Required

European Euro

Time Zone

GMT +2:00

Vatican Museum Tour: Highlights

  • Raphael Rooms: the famed frescoes of the Papal apartments of the Palace - open to the public! 
  • Michelangelo's fresco "The Creation of Adam" in the Sistine Chapel: the iconic image of the birth of man symbolized by the fingers touching between Adam and God.
  • The Galleries of Maps: the legendary painted maps of Italy frescoed on the walls in the Belvedere Courtyard. Don’t miss this stop on your Vatican museum tour. 
  • Vatican skip the line tickets & Sistine Chapel: jump the queue and head straight inside to marvel at the wondrous art within the world’s most famous church.
  • Spiral Staircase: one of the first things you come across on your Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour is the impressive spiraling staircase designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1832.
  • Gregorian Egyptian Museum: marvel at mummies of Pharaohs & Sarcofagi from Ancient Egypt. One of the lesser known places to visit in Vatican City!
  • Vatican Historical Museum and the Portraits of the Popes: all the Popes from history will stare at you from the walls of this unique museum. 
  • Papal Throne: or “Saint Peter’s Chair” this wooden relic is now encased in red marble, with a radiating mosaic sun behind & carved lion arms. The Papal Throne is a true masterpiece by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and even more spectacular when seen on a Vatican museum night tour!
  • Sala Rotonda: the miniature Pantheon room with ancient mosaic tiles & sculptures. 

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Good news? Photography* is permitted in all of the Vatican Museums, apart from the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica *In order to protect the art, flash is not permitted.

Nothing compares to seeing the thick and perfectly preserved paint strokes by the Renaissance masters in person. Then again, there’s no harm in taking home a mini Raphael on your phone! 

  • Laocoön and his Sons: this triumphal masterpiece of carved marble by the genius Bernini is truly a feast for the eyes (and the camera!).
  • La Pietà: disobeying all the rules of geometry and ratio; this incredible sculpture by Michelangelo perfectly captures maternal love and tragedy. 
  • The Entombment of Christ 1604: the dramatic shadows and bold colors of this Caravaggio masterpiece will stay in your mind (and phone memory) forever. 

Got a winner? Choose your best snap from one of the three most instagrammable spots listed above, post it on your IG, and tag #dotravelgram to be featured. 

Vatican Museum Tickets: Buying Tips

  • Timely & Wisely: Discounted Vatican Museum tickets (commonly misspelled as “Vatikan tickets”) are some of the most sought after in the world, so as soon as you know your dates, get online and grab your tickets! 
  • Don’t be late: Do you want to see the famous frescoed ceiling and Renaissance artwork of the Sistine Chapel? If so, then it is essential you enter the Vatican Museums before 3 p.m to get there on time. 
  • Short on time? If you want to hear the secrets and stories behind the historical collection, then it is highly recommended you book a skip the line Vatican tour. Your expert art historian will teach you how to “read” the paintings, a skill for life! 
  • Meet the Pope: You are highly unlikely to “bump” into the Pope on your visit, but you can time your visit with one of the Papal audiences every Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. Tip: arrive early to get a good spot, security opens between 8 and 8.30 in the morning. 
  • Save money: If you plan on visiting more than one attraction in the area, then save money with combination Rome Vatican tours and tickets. Book a 2-in1 Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour, or get yourself a Rome Gold Pass for all-access (the Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon, Castel Sant’Angelo & more!). Vatican Museum and Vatican Gardens tickets are a popular combination.
  • Explore Rome: The small Papal state is next to the cosmopolitan capital city. Use this Rome Guide for time & money saving hacks. The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo are also a wonderful excursion to add to your trip.

Prepare For Your Vatican Museums Visit

  • Dress appropriately: You are visiting the Vatican, the most important Church in the Catholic religion, and one of the holiest places in the world. Dress with respect, no bare shoulders or skirts/shorts above the knee. 
  • Avoid visiting Vatican City on the free Sunday: If you aren’t wanting to pay the Vatican tickets price, you can visit during one of the free Sundays, however, you will most likely struggle to see any of the artwork through the crowds. Free days also equal long queues! 
  • Reserve a Vatican museum audio guide: The perfect opportunity for Vatican guided tours by yourself. Request your multilingual guide at the Vatican Museum tickets office or better yet, book it online for less hassle. 
  • Do I need a guide? There are 1,400 rooms in the Vatican Museums with the space covering approximately 7 kilometers. A private guide will direct you to some of the museum’s best pieces and provide insight and background information to go along. There are also private Vatican tours available, that offer skip the line Vatican museums access allowing entry to the collections before Vatican opening hours. 
  • Vatican Gardens: Don’t miss the chance to visit the “Pope’s Playground”, an oasis of serenity designed for meditation and prayer. The options for Vatican City Museum tickets that include entry to the papal gardens are limited. Buying Vatican city tickets in advance will avoid disappointment on the day!
  • Vatican Museums Services: Toilets are clearly signposted and located throughout the Museums. There is a free cloakroom located past the security check, and you can also hire a wheelchair (subject to availability) from the cloakroom. First-aid can be found on site. 

Transportation Tip - Wondering how to get to the Vatican City Museum? 

  • Metro: Line A to Battistini, Ottaviano, or Cipro Station. 
  • Bus: No. 49 stops in the square in front of the Vatican Museums. The numbers 32, 81, and 982 stop at the Piazza del Risorgimento.
  • Tram: No. 19 - a 500-meter walk from the Museums. 


What is included in the Vatican Museum entrance fee?

Luckily your Vatican city museum ticket price includes access to the museum and the Sistine Chapel. Vatican museum tour tickets let you experience the Raphael Rooms, the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museums & the Helical Staircase.

What about where to buy Vatican Museum tickets in Rome?

You can buy your Vatican City tours and tickets up to 60 days ahead of your visit. If you fancy waiting in a 2-hour queue, you can buy them at the Vatican museum ticket office. The preferred options are to book your Vatican museum tickets online by browsing the available tickets and tours on this page. You’ll find all the products from the Vatican museum tickets official site, but with the added bonus of discounted entry.

How much does it cost to visit the Vatican?

The Vatican entrance fee varies depending on where and when you purchase your Vatican museums skip the line tickets. Can you buy Vatican tickets at the door? Yes, although the availability of tickets at the door is limited. For guaranteed entry, book online and avoid the endless queues.

What are the Vatican Museum opening hours?

The Vatican museum hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm with the last admission at 4.00 pm. The last Sunday* of every month is free. On these days the Vatican visiting hours are between 9.00 am and 2.00 pm. *Exceptions are Easter Sunday, 29 June, 25 and 26 December.

How far in advance can you book Vatican Museum tickets online?

For the best tours of the Vatican and guaranteed Vatican Museum skip the line entry tickets, it is highly recommended you book in advance (at minimum one month ahead) to ensure you have an entrance ticket.

Can I visit the Vatican museums after hours?

You can gain full entry to the Vatican Museums on Friday night with a special admission ticket. Reserve tickets for Vatican museums, or book a Vatican night tour, up to 60 days in advance. If you want the best Vatican museum price, browse the selection of available offers on this page.

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