Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
Old stairs inside the Vatican Museums, Rome
Old stairs inside the Vatican Museums, Rome

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) Tours and Tickets

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Home to some of Italy’s most important art collections—from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities—the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) are among the country’s top attractions. Explore the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps, before admiring the crown jewels in the Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina), famed for Michelangelo’s ceiling and The Last Judgment.

  • Viale Vaticano, Vatican City, 00165

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Maureen_K, Oct 2023
Our tour guide’s knowledge and passion was infectious!!
Please excuse my delay in writing this review, once I got home I had a slight case of Covid. Our tour guide made the whole experience wonderful! I can’t say enough about her knowledge and detail in explaining what we were seeing. Her passion was infectious! I would highly recommend Viator to all!!!
Sheri_G, Oct 2023
Very informative
Very informative, it was quite hot and we were all sweating and burning in the sun less time outside would be better, wwaayy crowded, if covid was rampant we will all have it by now, tour guide was wonderful she tried to reduce our crowd time when possible
Michael_J, Sep 2023
Nice day about the Vatican
Our guide was knowledgeable and added good clean humor. We passed up the lines and went through all the quoted venues ending in the Basilica. Pasquale let the way and we quite enjoyed our tour.
Graciela_V, Sep 2023
Vatican tour
La Pieta de Michelangelo Very moving.. The tour was good but our tour guide was sick and everybody noticed. I don't think that she should have been permitted to guide us in this era of COVID.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:Should I book Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:How much does it cost to visit Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) 2024?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) costs USD 37.91. Guided Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) tours start around USD 37.91 per person.
People Also Ask
Q:Can you visit the Vatican Museums without a reservation?
A:Yes, you can visit the Vatican Museums without a reservation. You can buy tickets upon arrival, but the lines can be extremely long, particularly on weekends and during school vacations. Most travelers opt to book online tickets with skip-the-line entry or join tours that include skip-the-line access.
Q:Are the Vatican Museums free?
A:No. Most travelers have to pay to enter the Vatican Museums, although St. Peter’s Basilica is free. Children under 6, some people with disabilities and their carers, and some academics and museum professionals can visit the Vatican Museums for free. Everyone enjoys free entry on the last Sunday of every month.
Q:What is included in the Vatican Museums ticket?
A:Vatican Museums tickets include access to a range of galleries, museums, chapels, and apartments replete with priceless works of art. The Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo’s iconic Last Judgment, and Raphael’s Rooms are particularly popular. You can also usually access St. Peter’s Basilica through the Vatican entrance, beating the lines.
Q:Is there a mandatory dress code at the Vatican Museums?
A:Yes. The Vatican Museums require that visitors dress as if they were going to church. In practice, that means no hats, legs covered to the knees, and covered shoulders, upper arms, belly, and cleavage. Clothes don’t need to be formal, but they shouldn’t be overly street: Leave the ripped jeans at home.
Q:Can I take pictures at the Vatican Museums?
A:Yes. You can take pictures for personal use in the Vatican Museums, but you can’t use flash anywhere and you can’t take any photos in the Sistine Chapel. Professional equipment, including tripods and drones, and selfie sticks are banned. Professionals need permission from the Directorate of Museums and Cultural Heritage.
Q:Are the Vatican Museums wheelchair accessible?
A:Yes. The Vatican Museums are fully accessible to people who use manual wheelchairs, with accessible bathrooms, step-free connecting routes, and loaner chairs (documentation required). However, people who rely on mobility scooters or electric wheelchairs may not be able to access certain parts of the museum due to space constraints.