Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

Trip to the Museum in Vatican City!

Date : 08.08.2020   Author : Cindy  Editor : Mayfair

Vatican Museum, 00120 Vatican City

Vatican Museum is located in the heart of Vatican City. It is home to the immense collection of paintings and sculptures amassed by the Catholic Church throughout centuries, mostly well known for its Roman sculptures and world famous masterpieces of Renaissance period. The museum was founded in the early 16th century by Pope Julius II and it one of the largest and most visited art museums in the world.

About Vatican Museums

Challenge yourself to visit all the galleries

Did you know that Vatican Museum consists of 54 different galleries? Vatican Museum is the largest art museum in the world so, make sure to take your time to visit all the galleries!

Heart of Vatican Museum Bramante Staircase

Walking on the Bramante Staircase in the Vatican Museums will give you a fun experience with a lovely photo. The staircase consists of two intertwined spirals looking like the DNA. Don't forget to look up, when you are on the stair. The glass-domed ceiling is breathtaking!

Why should I visit the Vatican Museums...

The Vatican Museum is made of 54 galleries with 1400 rooms containing arts and artefacts Roman life dating back 3,000 years.

The mosts popular areas of the Vatican Museums include the  Pio-Clementino (classic antiquities); Gregorian Etruscan and Egyptian museums; the Raphael Rooms; the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries.

On top of all that, you get to see the Pope at his general audience to the public every Wednesday or Sunday during his blessing!


What you must see in Vatican Museum...

Vatican museum is particularly famous for its rich collection of Italian renaissance works: Renaissance is generally described as taking place from the 14th century to 17th century. Renaissance was a period of revivial and creativity. It encouraged people to explore the world and see the world differently. Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo are some of the most famous Renaissance painters. 

  1. The Transfiguration (1518-20), Raphael and Sebastiano del Piombo. – It was said to be the most famous oil painting in the world, from the late 16th century until the early 20th century. 
  2. Laocoön and His Sons (1506), Agesander of Rhodes, Athanadoros, Polydorus of Rhodes, Athenodoros of Rhodes – One of the most renowned ancient sculptures ever since it was excavated in Rome in 1506. The figures are near life size, showing the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons being attacked by the sea serpents.
  3. The School of Athens (1509–1511), Raphael -This artwork of Fresco painting has long been told as Raphael’s masterpiece, with its accurate perspective projection and the flawless embodiment of the classical spirit of the Renaissance. 
  4. The Creation of Adam (1508 – 1512), Michelangelo – The painting shows some hallmarks of Michelangelo’s painting style, the lounging position of both Adam and God, coming across as works of sculpture. It has become one of the most replicated religious paintings of all time.
  5. Apollo Belvedere (AD 120–140), Leochares – The statue was immediately appreciated as a masterpiece and showered with praise when discovered near Rome in the late fifteenth century.
  6. Sistine Chapel Ceiling (1508 -1512) – The complex painting shows a number of sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, allowing Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure. 

What you can find in Ticket Here

Exclusive vatican museum with bramante staircase

More than a simple tour of the Vatican! 

In a group of 20 people or less, you can discover St. Peter’s and the most impressive gems of the Museums: 

Not only the world-famous Sistine Chapel, open to the general public, but also the limited-access Bramante Staircase and its unique Renaissance architecture!

Vatican Museums Q&A

Opening hours?

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 ~ 18:00

(Final Entry: 16:00)

Closed : Every Sunday

except the last Sunday of every month (9:00 ~ 14:00)

How much is Vatican Ticket?

Ticket Price is €17  For Adult. (19+ years)

Children ticket (6 to 18 years)    is €8

Kids below 6 enter for Free


How can I visit to Vatican for free?

LAST SUNDAY of  Every Month is Free entry.

Can I bring large bags to the museums?

You are not allowed to carry large bags. You may leave it in the cloakroom located near the museum entrance. 

The tour finish at St Peter’s Basilica, 20 minute walk from the entrance.

So, we recommend not bringing items that have to be left in the cloackroom.

Best time to visit Vatican museums...

If you enter at 9:00, which is the opening time, you can watch in a relaxed. The average viewing time is about 3 hours.

* Let’s avoid Saturday morning ! That time is the most visited time.

How to get to Vatican Museums?

We highly recommend using public transportation to Vatican Museums

  • If you take Rome Metro…
  • Take line A to Ottavino - San Pietro -Musei Vaticani station.
  • If you take Bus…
  • Take Bus number 40,64,62,81
  • If you take Tram..
  • Take Tram number 19

What you eat near Vatican Museums

  • #Il Belli al Trionfale
  • Via Tunisi, 44, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
  • +39 06 4542 6104

Il Belli al Trionfale is the best restaurant only 5 minutes away from Vatican Museums on foot. It’s a nice restaurant with roman cuisine to enjoy a great variety of steak and a glass of wine.

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