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Typology: Archaeological Museums, Art Museum


Address: Viale Vaticano, 100
Zone: Quartiere Aurelio (Roma ovest)
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Telephone: +39 06 69883145 - 06 69884676 info - 06 6982
Fax: +39 06 69885100

Opening times

Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel
Monday-Saturday: 9.00 - 18.00;
Last admission 16.00;
Last Sunday of the month: open and free of charge from 9.00 to 14.00, last admission 12.30.

Sunday opening 2018 with free admission:
28 January; 25 February; 25 March; 29 April; 27 May; 24 June; 29 July; 26 August; 30 September; 28 October; 25 November, 30 December.


2018: extraordinary closing days:
- 01 and 06 January;
- 19 March;
- 02 April;
- 01 May;
- 29 June (Saints Peter and Paul);
- 14-15 August;
- 01 November
- 08, 25-26 December (Christmas Day).



- € 17,00 (senza prenotazione online)
- € 17,00 + 4,00 (con prenotazione "Salta la fila" sul sito ufficiale dei Musei Vaticani)

- € 8,00 (senza prenotazione online)
- € 8,00 + 4,00 (con prenotazione “Salta la fila” sul sito ufficiale dei Musei Vaticani)

Ridotto scuole:
- € 4,00
- € 4,00 + 2,00 (con prenotazione “Salta la fila” sul sito ufficiale dei Musei Vaticani)

Concessions: € 8,00
- Children and young people aged between 6 and 18 years (18 years included);
- Students aged not more than 26 years on presentation of a valid International Student Card, a student identity document or other documentation stating their registration to a university or institution of higher education;
- Universities (Students between 19 and 26 years of age on presentation of a letter of application on headed paper of the university institution with the stamp of the institute and signature of the Headmaster of the faculty or the Rector of the university, pointing out the number of students, of the teachers and of the possible companions). The Reduced Ticket is granted every 10 students to the students, to the teacher or companion; the teacher and companion in excess pay the full fare. Free tickets are not granted;
- Priests and religious (with identify document);
- Pilgrimages on presentation of a request letter on headed paper of the Parish or the Diocese of affiliation. A free ticket is granted for the priest companion of the pilgrimage on preentation ot fhe celebret;
- Primary, Middle and High Schools booking directly and not through an Agency or other institution;
- Employers of all the offices, ministries and organisms of the Holy See or of the Vatican City State and retired people of the same and their relatives (consorts, children, parents, brothers, sisters) on simple identification.

Scholastic reduced ticket: € 4,00
- Primary, Middle and High Schools (except universities) without distinction of places, on presentation of a letter of request on headed paper with the stamp of the institute and signature of the Headmaster, pointing out the number of the students, the teachers and possibile companions; the Scholastic reduced ticket is granted to all students. A free ticket is granted also to a teacher or companion every 10 students. Other teachers or companions in excess pay the full fare.

Free Entrance:
- On the last Sunday of each month;
- World Tourism Day (September 27);
- Children under 6 years of age;
- Directors of museums, ministries, superintendences or governmental organizations assigned to archelogical, artistic, artistic heritage preservation;
- Disabled (with a certification that attests the invalidity of more than 74%) and one companion each;
- Journalists authorized by the Direction of the Museums after clearance from the Press Room of the Holy See, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Foreign Press Association and the "Ordine Nazionale Italiano dei Giornalisti";
- Holders of valid ICOM (International Council of Museums) and ICOMONS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) membership cards;
- Donors of works and patrons: Patrons and Friends of the Vatican Museums;
- University professors (Chairs of Archaeology, Art History, Architecture and Ethnology), professors of academies seated in Rome. Academic Teaching Specialists may give special lectures in particular sections of the Museums on subjects within their specialization by presenting a written request to the Direction of the Museums. The authorization is not valid for a subsequent visit outside those sections. To continue the visit outside those sections it is necessary to buy the entrance ticket.

Pets and guide dogs
Access to the Museums is not permitted to animals, even small ones, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind or partially-sighted, provided they are equipped with a muzzle and lead, and animals for the certified purpose of pet therapy.
To enable reception and entry in these cases, communication of the visit must be submitted at least one day in advance by email at: accoglienza.musei@scv.va.


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The first core of the Vatican Museums and Galleries was a collection of ancient sculptures created by Jules the Second (1503-13). The idea of the Museum was conceived by Clement the Thirteenth (1758-69), who set up the Profane Museum with the assistance of Winckelmann. The Clementine Pious Museum was created by Clement the Fourteenth (1769-74) and Pious the Sixth (1775-99) and the Chiaramonti Museum was set up by Canova in 1807-1810 under Pious the Seventh. In 1822 the New Wing was opened. The Etruscan Gregorian Museum was opened in 1837 and the Gregorian Egyptian Museum in 1839, the Profane Lateran Museum (now the Gregorian Profane Museum) in 1844 and successively the Pious Christian Museum, all under Gregory the Sixteenth. In the first decades of the twentieth century the Ethnological Missionary Museum was set up and the Picture-gallery was opened to the public. In 1973 Paul the Sixth inaugurates the Historical Museum and the Collection of Modern Religious Art.
Clementine Pious Museum – It collects specimens of ancient sculptures such as the Apollo of Belvedere (130-140 AD), the Laocoon Group (first century AD), the Apollo Sauroktonos and the Venus Cnydia, the colossal Head of Jupiter. Of particular interest are the two porphyry sarcophagi of Constance and Saint Helen, respectively daughter and mother of Constantine.
Chiaramonti Museum – It hosts several Roman sculptures, such as the statue of Ganymede, a colossal head of Athena, a portrait of Tiberius, a relief with the Three Graces (first century AD). Many Pagan and Christian inscriptions are exhibited in the Galleria Lapidaria, and statues such as the Wounded Amazon, the Spearman, the enormous statue of the Nile, and the Augustus from Prima Porta are exhibited in the New Wing.
Etruscan Gregorian Museum – It contains several findings coming mainly from nineteenth century excavations performed in Southern Etruria, such as the trousseau of the Regolini-Galassi tomb. The exhibition includes sarcophagi and a rich collection of Greek, Italiot, and Etruscan vases. Of particular interest is the bilingual sepulchral stele of Todi with a double inscription in Latinand in Gallic (second century BC).
Egyptian Gregorian Museum – It was conceived by father Ungarelli, one of the first Italian Egyptologists, and collects a series of statues representing divinities or personalities of the Royal family, such as the mother and sister of Ramses the Second, sarcophagi, mummies, and elements of the funerary furnishings. Also the statue decoration of the serapeum at Villa Adriana in Tivoli has been reconstructed.
Profane Gregorian Museum – It exhibits Greek and Roman sculptures such as three fragments of the Parthenon in Athens, the Head of Athena (460 BC), the Altar of the Vicomagistri (first century AD) and two great reliefs representing the Arrival of Vespasianin Rome and the Departure of Domitian. It also includes sarcophagi decorated with mythological subjects the group of Athena and  Marsia stands out from the bronze copies.
Christian Pious Museum – It collects materials coming from the excavations of the Roman catacombs, several sarcophagi (third-fifth century AD), one of which is a copy of the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, and the statue of the Good Shepherd (third century AD).
Ethnological Missionary Museum – It documents the religious events and the cults of other continents. Of particular relevance are the fifteenth century Aztec sculptures, the Indian sculptures of Hinduist gods, the ritual masks from Oceania and Africa.
Collection of Modern Religious Art – Partly set up in the rooms of the Borgia Apartment, decorated by Pinturicchio, it exhibits works by Rosai, Boccioni, Balla, De Chirico, Guttuso, and Manzù.
Upper Galleries – The Gallery of Candelabra collects archaeological material of the Roman Age, such as the sculpture group of Ganymede and the Eagle (second century AD) and the statue of Artemis. The Gallery of Tapestries exhibits tapestries of sixteenth century Flemish and seventeenth century Roman manufacture. The Gallery of Geographic Maps exhibits 40 panels dedicated to the territory of Italy made in 1580-83.
Vatican Library Museum – It hosts several testimonies of sacred art: the Hall of the Aldobrandini Wedding with frescoes of the Roman Age, the Hall of Papyri with gilded glasses of the early Christian Age, the Sistine Hall with frescoes by Cesare Nebbia and other artists, the Pauline Halls, the Alexandrine Hall, and the Clementine Gallery with sketches by Bernini.
Picture Gallery – It keeps works datable from the twelfth to the eighteenth century, realized by Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini, Giotto, Beato Angelico, Masolino da Panicale, Filippo Lippi, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Tiziano, Paolo Veronese, Giulio Romano, Ludovico Carracci, Caravaggio, Poussin, G. Reni, Guercino, and O.Gentileschi. Clay models used by Bernini for his sculptures of the Chapel of the Sacrament and for Saint Peter’s Chair and 10 tapestries manufactured in Brussels designed by Raphael are also exhibited.
It is possible to organize the following Guided Tours:
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Vatican Gardens
Vatican Museums and Basilica of Saint Peter - Art and Faith Itinerary


Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours)
TICKETS: Adults: € 32,00 - Concessions: € 24,00
The ticket includes: admission to the Museums, guided tour and rental of audio-guides.
Vatican Gardens (duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours)
Open working days, except Wednesday.
TICKETS: Adults: € 32,00 - Concessions: € 24,00
The ticket includes: admission to the Museums (without guided tour), guided tour of the Gardens and rental of audio guides.

GROUPS (min. 16 people)
Vatican Museurms and Sistine Chapel (duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours)
Open working days, hours to be agreed.
TICKETS: Adults: € 32,00 - Concessions: € 24,00
The ticket includes: admission to the Museums, guided tour and rental of audio guides.
Vatican Gardens (duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours)
Open working days, except Wednesday.
TICKETS: Adults: € 32,00 - Concessions: € 24,00
The ticket enables the visitor to continue, on their own, a tour of the Vatican Museums.

Upon request by email (visiteguidategruppi.musei@scv.va), for small groups of visitors at the cost  € 250,00 + the museum’s admission ticket (adults: € 20, 50, concessions: € 13,50).

For information on guided tours and bookings:
Individual vistors: visiteguidatesingoli.musei@scv.va
Groups: visiteguidategruppi.musei@scv.va
fax: + 39 06 69873250

Visit to the Sistine Chapel: groups led by Rome’s licensed guides, the entrance is from 8.00 am to 8.45 pm;.
Educational visits for schools: book online: www.museivaticani.va. Info: tel. +39 0669884947.
Audio guides in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Russian.


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