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Vatican Museums: Tickets and Tours

Founded by Pope Julius II and enlarged by the popes from the seventeenth century onward, the Vatican Museums boast one of the world's greatest art collections.

With your Vatican Museums ticket, you can admire priceless works of art from the Papal collections and marvel at masterpieces from antiquity to Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes.

The Vatican Museums attract more than 6 million visitors annually and are considered among the most important museums in the world.

Here's everything you need to know about Vatican Museums, some of the most spectacular museums in Rome.

How much do Vatican Museums tickets cost?

Fortunately, a visit to the Vatican Museums is an informative day out that does not break the bank.

  • Standard ticket (adults): €17
  • Reduced ticket (children from 6 to 18 years old): €8
  • Children below the age of 6 years old: Free

Add €5 for a reservation fee if you wish to book your tickets online and add €7 if you wish to rent an audio-guide during your visit.

How do you skip the line?

Almost as famous at the Vatican Museums' masterpieces are the queues to get in. This is why we strongly recommend you to book your Vatican Museums tickets online ahead of time.

By booking online, you will be able to skip the line, and head straight inside the Vatican Museums.

How do you book online Vatican Museums tickets?

Vatican Museums tickets are available online through the official website and online travel agencies such as Getyourguide, Viator , Musement or Tiqets to name a few.

Use TourScanner search tool to compare all the different deals.

Are there any Vatican Museums guided tours? Are they worth it?

Absolutely. There are many different types of guided tours and they offer many advantages.

You skip the line - Your tickets are already bought and your tour guide is waiting for you at the entrance. No need to queue up.

Learn a lot more - Your tour guide will answer all the questions you may have and you will be sure that you will not miss anything important.

Pick the right tour - From group tours to private tours, from audioguide tours to tours designed for kids, there are many options. Make sure to use our search tool to choose the tour that fits best your needs and budget.

Is the Sistine Chapel included in the Vatican Museums tickets?

Yes, the Sistine Chapel is included in your Vatican Museums tickets. However, due to the high demand, there is always a huge queue at the entrance of the Sistine Chapel.

We strongly recommend you to book early access Vatican Museums tickets so you can head straight to the Sistine Chapel before all the crowds.

Is the St. Peter’s Basilica included in the Vatican Museums ticket?

The St. Peter's Basilica is free of charge. However, you will need to queue and pass the security checks.

If you don't want to queue up, you will need to book a Vatican Museums guided tour including a visit to the St. Peter's Basilica.

There are also some St. Peter's Basilica guided tours with dome climb available. Climb up 231 steps to the top of the dome for breathtaking views of Rome.

Are the Vatican Gardens open to the public?

The Vatican Gardens are open to a limited number of people per day. You will need to book a guided tour as you cannot enter the gardens without a tour guide.

Vatican Gardens guided tours also include the museums, plus, of course, the Sistine Chapel.

Are there any Vatican Museums guided tours combined with other attractions in Rome?

If you wish to visit several attractions in Rome during your holidays, combined guided tours are great to save time and money. You may find below the two most popular ones:

What is the best time to visit the Vatican Museums?

Book online your Vatican Museums tickets so you can skip the line at the entrance. Consider planning a weekday visit as weekends are usually more crowded.

To avoid the crowds, visit the Vatican Museums early morning or during the evening

The Vatican Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world and is busy all year round, with a peak during summer time. The Vatican Museums welcome up to 25000 visitors per day.

Early morning options: If you wish to avoid the crowds, consider booking a Vatican Museums early access ticket. Those tickets let you access the Vatican Museums before the regular opening hours.

Night options: Every Friday, the Vatican Museums remain open during the evening as well. Book a Vatican Museums night tour and enjoy a visit after the regular opening hours.

What will I see?

The Vatican Museums are an impressive collection of art and sculptures that consists of 70,000 works, though only 20,000 are currently on display. The museums date back to the 16th century when Pope Julius II created the concept and began contributing art to the legendary displays.

The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica are two of the most popular sights in Vatican City, though there are several other museums that will occupy your time as well. The Sistine Chapel features the world famous ceiling mural by Michelangelo.

There are too many things to mention in detail, but the must visit areas include the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere Torso, Da Vinci’s St Jerome in the Wilderness, and the Round Room (Sala Rotonda). Each one is worth a visit to the museums alone, but together they create  the perfect day out.

Over 6 million people visit the Vatican Museums each year, making it one of the most visited art museums in the world.

What are the Vatican Museums opening hours?

The Vatican Museums are open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 AM to 6 PM. The final entry of the day is at 4 PM.

The museums are also open on the last Sunday of the month from the hours 9 AM to 2 PM. Admission is free but you should expect to wait in long lines. The final entry on the last Sunday of every month is 12:30 PM.

What are the other museums in Rome?

Travel Tips

  • The Vatican Museums are incredibly popular with tourists and therefore sell out very fast. You should consider purchasing tickets weeks in advance to secure a date. Also, fast track entrance is a good idea due to big crowds.
  • Consider booking the Omnia Card or the Rome Pass if you wish to visit several attractions. You will save time and money.
  • If you travel by metro, use line A direction Battistini, Ottaviano or Cipro stations.
  • You must dress appropriately to enter the Vatican Museums.
  • Visitors are required to leave in the cloakroom all luggage and suitcases before entering the Vatican Museums.