Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

About Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel was restored in 1477, by Pope Sixtus IV and the Vatican Museums were founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II.  There are various paintings and sculptures on display throughout the chapel and museum, most notably: The Last Judgment fresco painting on the Sistine Chapel’s roof, by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello in the papal apartments of the Vatican, by Raphael.  There are approximately 20,000 pieces of classical sculptures and Renaissance art on display. 

General Information

Address: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican State

Telephone Number: +390669884676 +390669883145

Email Address: info.mv@scv.va

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Tickets Prices

General Admission

Adult: €17

6 – 18 years old: €8

Students up to 25 years old: €8

Audio Guide: €7

Family Tour (children 5 – 12 years old): €13

*Children apart of the Family Tour receive an audioguide and itinerary tailored to their age group.

*€4 booking fee is applied to each item purchased online.

Where to Purchase Tickets

At the Vatican

Online

*There isn’t a direct link to purchase tickets online, so follow these instructions: On the home page select ‘Admission Tickets’, then ‘Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel’.

Public Transportation

Metro A – Ottaviano or Cipro Stop

Several buses stop near St Peter’s Basilica, which is a 15 minute walk to the entrance of the Vatican Museums.

Hours of Operation

9:00 am to 6:00 pm – Monday to Saturday (final entry 4:00 pm)

9:00 am to 2:00 pm – Last Sunday of the month (final entry 12:30 pm)

Useful Information

Third Party Tours

Tour guides will hound you in St. Peter’s Square.  They are a rip off, however if you would like to take part in a tour, negotiate the price.

I highly recommend tours through the Vatican website (more information above).

St. Peter’s Basilica

Admission to the Vatican does not include entry to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Some Vatican tours include St. Peter’s Basilica.

Lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica can be very long during peak times, but tend to move quickly.

Photography

Photography, without the flash, is permitted for personal use only.

Photography and using a mobile are not permitted in the Sistine Chapel.

Security

All visitors will be subjected to security screening.  

Bags and bulky items must be left in the Cloakroom (free of charge).

Dress Code

As per the Vatican dress code, visitors wearing low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, miniskirts or hats will not be allowed entry. Carry a scarf to cover your shoulders and legs while visiting the Basilica.

There are many vendors around Rome that sell cheap scarves.

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