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

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

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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
$82.63 per adult
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Our guide Lindy was outstanding and she did a great job explaining the history and the art. Highly recommend this tour.
David_J, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Barbara_B, Sep 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Christian was so knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican museum. He also was concerned about our comfort and safety which made the tour more like a gathering of friends. We had an amazing experience and recommend this experience highly!!
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Landscape architect at Vatican
David_B, Sep 2021
Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Exclusive VIP Group WalkingTour
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.
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Great tour and guide.
Jeanette_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.
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Vatican museum tour at time of Covid
Mike_vancouver, Aug 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Very clear and comprehensive commentary, the right pace for the tour, genuinely informative, and whole entry process to the Vatican was smooth- however due to Covid restrictions, visitors were probably 20% of normal capacity so there were No line ups - but when things are back to normal that I’m sure will change- but a positive experience
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Great day at the Vatican
TTH, Sep 2021
Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Basilica with Hotel Pick-up
Carlotta was our guide and she was excellent…everything about the day was superior. The company is reputable and responsive. Thank you!
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Vatican tour
tomtess1, Sep 2021
Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
What an amazing experience. Recommend it to everyone. Our guide was so knowledgeable in all topics of the history of the arts. She answered all questions. She was friendly & very approachable.
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Great trip!
Glenn_L, Sep 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
A great tour! Mickey, our tour guide, was funny and knowledgeable. It was a hot day but he was able to keep our group together and happy.
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Gobsmacked
Cheryl_G, Sep 2021
Skip-the-line Private Tour of The Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter
Tomas’ knowledge of Roman history was incredible! I learned an awful lot and thoroughly enjoyed our tour!
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Fantastic.
Mari_P, Aug 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
The history and the art were excellently explained, and divine to enjoy. Our guide went above and beyond what I had expected. The group I was in was small and she took excellent care of us.
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Good Experience
LucyintheSky, Sep 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
I did the evening tour. Our guide, Mossimo, was great! He was engaging and knew his history. I was tired from a long flight and wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it through the tour but did and found it fascinating. I enjoyed it.
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Excellent experience
ALENA_V, Aug 2021
Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
Great tour guide. Very informative. Enjoyed overall experience. Definitely would recommend. Thank you.
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Wonderful tour of the Vatican!
Caleb_M, Sep 2021
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour
Our tour was very interesting and quite a pleasurable experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and delightful.

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)