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Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel)

Vatican Museum tickets & Sistine Chapel tours in Rome

Vatican Museum

All information about the Vatican museum tickets, which includes a visit to the famous Sistine Chapel (Capella Sistina). More tips, tours and tickets for the Vatican City museums.

Info Vatican Museum Tickets - Sistine Chapel tour

Address Viale Vaticano
Metro Stop Cipro-Musei Vaticani (Line A)
Tickets

WARNING: The queues for the Vatican museums are extremely long and tickets can be sold out. It's likely that you will be standing in line in the hot sun for two hours. If there is one attraction in Rome for which I absolutely recommend reserving tickets, it are the Vatican museums with the Sistine Chapel tour. To book your Vatican museum tickets online there are two reliable websites; It is advisable to compare availability and ticket prices.

  • Vatican tickets, from 19.90 € (Tip: Book online at Tiqets), or more availability at GetYourGuide.com
  • 6 - 17 years, from 12 €
  • 0 – 5 years free admission
  • Audioguide 4 €
  • Guided Vatican tours (English):
    • Guided tour Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (Book online)
    • Guided tour Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, incl. St Peter's Basilica from 53.90 € (Book online)
Option 1: Tiqets.com Option 2: Getyourguide.com The following Vatican ticket options might also be of interest to you:
  • You can book tickets for St Peter's Basilica here or save money by booking all tickets together in the Vatican City Pack.
  • Tip: The Rome Tourist Card is a combined ticket for all the tickets you need for your city break to Rome (includes Colosseum, Forum Romanum, St Peter's and Sistine Chapel tickets). This card will save you money and time. More info Rome Tourist Card.
Hours
  • Monday to Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (last entrance 4 pm)
  • The last Sunday of the month, free entrance, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (last entrance 12:30 pm)
  • Closed on the rest of the Sundays, 1 and 6 January, 9 March, 2 April, 1 May, 29 June, 14 and 15 August, 1 November, 8, 25 and 26 December
Dresscode Please wear appropriate clothing. Your knees and shoulders should be fully covered. Flip-flops are not allowed either.

Vatican Museum

The Vatican Museums (‘I Museu Vaticani’) are some of the largest museums in the world with an enormous collection that varies from ancient Roman and Egyptian artefacts, religious objects, beautifully painted rooms and even modern art. The 26 different museums of the Vatican are housed in a complex of multiple Apostolic palaces, and are by far the most popular museum destination in Rome, in part because of the famous Sistine Chapel. During your visit, you will marvel at the many art treasures that the popes have collected in 54 halls since the 16th century.

Sistine Chapel

The absolute highlight of the route through the Vatican museums is a visit to the Sistine Chapel ('Capella Sistina'). The name is derived from the founder of the chapel, pope Sixtus IV. The impressive ceiling of this 15th-century Sistine Chapel was painted in the 16th century by Michelangelo. It portrays the story of creation, the great flood and other scenes. The side walls are equally beautiful with paintings of the life of Jesus made by Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. The wall behind the alter shows Michelangelo's painting of the ‘Last Judgement’. The Sistine Chapel is mostly known for being the space where the cardinals meet for conclave when electing a new pope. When a new pope is being elected, smoke comes from the chapel's chimney twice a day. White smoke means a new pope has been elected, while black smoke means the cardinals were not yet successful in their mission.

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Other highlights of 'I Museu Vaticani'

If you would like to learn more about the background of the artworks in the Vatican Museums, we recommend using an audio guide. Do you plan not to spend too much time in the museums? Then – in addition to the Sistine chapel tour – these are the rooms and artworks you should not miss on your visit to the Vatican museums:

  • Stanza della Segnatura: This room lies on the second floor and was originally pope Julius II's library. Later it was used as a church tribunal. This room is one of the main attractions of the Vatican as it displays the works of Raphael Santi.
  • Stanze di Raffaello: These rooms on the first floor were decorated by Raphael Santi for Pope Julius II. The paintings represent theology, philosophy, poetry and law. For instance, the famous painting of ’The School of Athens’ from 1509 depicts philosophy with philosophers Plato and Aristotle being displayed centrally.
  • Laocoön group: A group of marble statues from 40 – 20 BCE of the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons. According to tradition, the priest wanted to prevent the Trojan horse from being let inside the city. The statue shows Laocoön being strangled by Poseidon's snakes.
  • La Galleria della Carte geografiche: The first floor is also home to the 16th-century gallery of maps with enormous topographical maps on the walls and the ceiling. The 40 beautiful wall panels were created by Ignazio Danti.
  • The Vatican Pinacotheca: The ground floor houses a large collection of tapestries and paintings of the Vatican with works by the great masters, including Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian and Raphael Santi.
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Video: Tour of Vatican & Capella Sistina

 

Where are the Vatican Museums in Rome?

I Musei Vaticani are located in Vatican City, the closest address in Rome to the entrance of the museum with the Cappella Sistina is Viale Vaticano 100 Roma.

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