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

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

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58,145 Reviews
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 Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
$83.08 per adult
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Great Family Tour!
We had great time on this tour! Our guide was very informative and engaging which made the time even more special. We even got to see part of the Egyptian Museum which a big plus with our child. The additional information and background really helped us appreciate the Vatican collections and the Sistine Chapel itself.
Traveling_Family, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Beautiful
Todd_G, Jul 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
Tour was great. Amazing sights and our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about everything. Highly recommend!!!
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Perfect Vatican Tour with Anna
Alison_M, Jul 2021
Skip-the-line Private Tour of The Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter
We had a wonderful time on our private tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Anna was perfect - she was so knowledgeable and provided exactly the right level of information for us. We were a party of 5 people with three young adults. Anna was great with the older teens as well. Thanks Anna for a memorable, informative and fun experience.
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Informative and enjoyable
Gina_I, Jul 2021
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
This was an amazing an informative tour. Eugene provided an abundance of information and paid great attention to detail. He made the visit personal and enjoyable. We felt lucky to have him as our guide and the experience overall was amazing.
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Vatican museum
Hernando_M, Jul 2021
Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel
Kathia was excellent. Very professional and customer oriented. Overall a good experience. …………… I don’t want to say anything else. You are not accepting my review because you want more and longer comments? What’s wrong with you
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Great experience
JamesA_C, Jul 2021
Fast- track- entry ticket to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel
The tapestries were unbelievable as well as the magnificent paintings . Easy access with getting tickets through Viator .
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Educational and fun tour of the Vatican
Kevin_J, Jul 2021
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Lorenzo was very knowledgeable and a fun guide. We got a very thorough and educational tour of the Vatican including the museums and the Sistine Chapel. Besides the heat it was a great day!
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Fabulous Rita
Melissa_B, Jul 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
Rita was AMAZING! Best tour. Worth the price. We wrote masks but had the sistine chapel nearly to ourselves. I learned so much!!
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Interesting Day
David, Jul 2021
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
My guide Rosanna was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I enjoyed spending time with her and learning about the different treasures in the museum Also, a big thank you to Zami for working so hard. He helped me to find my guide. He also was helping a lot of people find their correct tour. He helped me very much
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Great tour for anyone with mobility needs!
Desiree_O, Jul 2021
Wheelchair Accessible Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel PrivateTour
Marcius was an incredible guide. My mother had a walker and he constantly ensured her comfort. He is a historian with a great sense of humor so the tour was both academic but he also told the best anecdotal stories that had us laughing. The Vatican is a hard tour for those with mobility issues just from the sheer size of the museum, but Marcius, made it comfortable for my mother to truly enjoy herself. It’s been the highlight of the trip for us! Thank you!
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Best Tour Guide and highly recommended
Talal_Z, Jul 2021
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Amazing experience. I didn’t expect the tour guide to be so easy going and yet so knowledgeable. I’d recommend her 1000x over again.
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Highly recommended if you love art
Gaia_S, Jul 2021
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Perfectly timed to visit most of the wonderful Vatican Museums. Deborah, our guide, was extremely nice, kind and most of all, prepared. She was able to answer to all of our questions and she gave us the perfect historic background to understand all the art and architecture.
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Great tour -
Warren_M, Jul 2021
Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Our tour guide, Linde was awesome, well informed and a real pleasure on the tour. She seemed to really enjoy her job and it showed.

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)