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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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Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
$81.33 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Lovely guide and very impressive museum tour
Our guide was super friendly and patient. I would recommend this tour. The museum is very impressive. It's long in terms of the time so make sure you've comfortable attire, shoes and a light bag. Our guide told us lots of interesting facts, I would recommend getting a pre booked tour as it was no hassle when we arrived, all the tickets were sorted for us and it made the morning a lot more enjoyable rather than exploring ourselves.
Siobhan_W, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Excellent tour and we learned so much!
Dominic_B, Oct 2021
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Great guide, great tour, and because of COVID very little crowds. We really enjoyed it. Just be ready for some serious walking. :)
star-5
Vatican at Night is so Beautiful
Lauren_W, Oct 2021
Friday Night at the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms
Our guide was extremely knowledgable, and truly passionate about sharing that knowledge. The Vatican is still recovering from COVID, and hasn't been getting nearly as many visitors, so it was easy to walk through and see everything with little crowding. Fantastic tour!
star-5
Andrea Brought The Vatican Museums to life.
Kathleen_B, Oct 2021
Vatican tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
Roman Sculptures and tapestries. Unable to be guided through St. Peter’s Basilica due to Covid. Should have been noted.
star-5
The Vatican!!!
Carol_M, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
This was a perfect time to go to the Vatican. Because of COVID, there were very few lines, and it was so incredible to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with very small crowds. Definitely, skip the line is still a great advantage and totally worth it! Our guide, Patrick, was so knowledgeable, and I loved all of his stories. The pick up area was fairly easy to find. This tour is a must!!
star-5
Best way to see Vatican Musru.
patriciaaustin48, Sep 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Our guide Alaura was excellent in keeping our group together. She stopped often to allow for questions. We never felt rushed despite the fact that covid has put time restrictions on areas.
star-5
Gratzie aChristian
Barbara_B, Sep 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Christian was so knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican museum. He also was concerned about our comfort and safety which made the tour more like a gathering of friends. We had an amazing experience and recommend this experience highly!!
star-4
Landscape architect at Vatican
David_B, Sep 2021
Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Exclusive VIP Group WalkingTour
Great tour and guide. Was poor on the directions to start the tour at. Its way north at museum entrance. Bring covid paper and passport. We thought it was just a garden tour. It was Sistine chapel and art.
star-5
Great tour and guide.
Jeanette_R, Aug 2021
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We saw the highlights and were able to continue exploring on our own. Did to Covid the crowds were very light except for in the Sistine Chapel. The 8:30 time slot helped with the crowds too.
star-5
Great trip
andrea_e, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
Everything was amazing Barbara our guide was incredible she is very knowledgeable and interesting and a lovely person !!
star-5
Worth the price
Kevin_W, Oct 2021
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
The guide was so knowledgeable and never rushed or made you feel you had to hurry up. The museum is absolutely spectacular
star-5
Just being together as a...
Joni_H, Oct 2021
Skip-the-line ticket for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Just being together as a family was a dream come true. We were all amazed at the volume of artwork amassed in this one place.
star-5
Awesome experience
Janette_B, Oct 2021
Explore Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Deborah was amazing! She was very knowledgeable, she made the tour very interesting! We loved every single moment. She’s the best!

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)