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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
$80.17 per adult
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Highly recommend
Igor, our guide, was fabulous . Good humor, clear explanations and knowledgeable. Have booked tours with Viator in other countries and they never disappoint.
Liliana_D, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-4
Seen it once and that was enough
Natalie_K, Dec 2021
Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
The guide Giuseppe was very friendly. The tour was fairly interesting although there are only so many paintings that you want to see so it became a bit repetitive for me. By the time we got to the Sistine Chapel it was nothing special. There was a lot of people visiting, very busy but well managed. Apparently the crowds were small compared to pre Covid times.
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
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
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.
John_A, Sep 2021
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-4
Landscape architect at Vatican
David_B, Sep 2021
Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Exclusive VIP Group Walking Tour
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.
Jeff_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
Awesome!
Anfal_A, Jan 2022
Private Exclusive Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour
Alfredo our tour guide was knowledgable with a charismatic personality. He knew the ins and outs, showed us some tricks and told us some interesting stories. He surely made it a memorable experience.
star-5
Great
William_J, Jan 2022
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets
Great experience. No messing about, straight to the point. The tickets were affordable, and everything went smoothly. Definitely recommend 👍🏻
star-5
Amazing tour and a wonderful guide! Thanks Alessandra!
DavidMcGovern, Jan 2022
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel And Saint Peter's Basilica Semi-private Tour
So so special! Thank you so much Alessandra. This is such an informative and interesting tour. Alessandra was so knowledgeable, patient and kind, answering all of our questions and had stories and details that could fill a book! Amazing tour and a wonderful guide.
star-5
FABULOUS!!
Sara_W, Jan 2022
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
Debra was FANTASTIC!!!! She was so knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican and Sistine chapel. She made us love Michelangelo even more than before! The minute details that she pointed out within the tour was amazing!!! 100000% recommend!!

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)