Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) – Tips & Tickets

Tickets to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel in Rome

 

All information about tickets to the Vatican Museum, including a visit to the famous Sistine Chapel (Capella Sistina). More tips, tours and tickets for the Vatican City museums.

Info & Tickets Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

address Viale Vaticano
metro Stop at Cipro-Musei Vaticani (Line A)
Tickets WARNING:: Queues for the Vatican Museums are extremely long and tickets can be sold out. Chances are you’ll stand in line in the hot sun for two hours. If there is one attraction in Rome that I can absolutely recommend reserving tickets for, it is the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel.

  • Adults from € 19.90
  • 6 – 17 years, from 12 €
  • 0-5 years free entry
  • Audio guide € 4
  • Guided tours (English):
    • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tour, from € 40
    • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, including St. Peter’s Basilica from € 53.90
hours
  • Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last entrance 4 p.m.)
  • The last Sunday of the month, free admission, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (last entry 12.30 p.m.)
  • Closed on the remaining Sundays, January 1st and 6th, March 9th, April 2nd, May 1st, June 29th, August 14th and 15th, November 1st, December 8th, 25th and 26th
Dress code Please wear appropriate clothing. Your knees and shoulders should be completely covered. Flip-flops are also not allowed.

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums (‘I Museu Vaticani‘) are some of the largest museums in the world with a huge collection ranging from ancient Roman and Egyptian artifacts, religious objects, beautifully painted rooms to modern art.

The 26 different museums of the Vatican are located in a complex of several apostolic palaces and are by far the most popular museum destination in Rome because of the famous Sistine Chapel. During your visit you will marvel at the many art treasures that the Popes have collected in 54 halls since the 16th century.

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Sistine Chapel

The absolute highlight of the route through the Vatican Museums is a visit to the Sistine Chapel “Capella Sistina”. The name derives from the founder of the chapel, Pope Sixtus IV. Ab. The impressive ceiling of this 15th century Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo in the 16th century. It shows the story of creation, the great flood, and other scenes.

The side walls are equally beautiful with paintings of the life of Jesus by Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, and others. The wall behind the altar shows Michelangelo’s painting of the ‘Last Judgment’. The Sistine Chapel is best known as the meeting place for the cardinals to attend the conclave when electing a new Pope.

When a new Pope is elected, smoke comes out of the chapel’s chimney twice a day. White smoke means that a new Pope has been elected, while black smoke means that the cardinals have not yet successfully completed their mission.

Other highlights of the Vatican museums

If you want to learn more about the background of the works of art in the Vatican Museums, we recommend using an audio guide. Don’t you plan to spend too much time in the museums? Then – next to the Sistine Chapel – these are the rooms and works of art not to be missed on yours Visit to the Vatican Museums:

  • Stanza della Segnatura: This room is on the second floor and was originally Pope Julius II’s library. It was later used as a church court. This room is one of the main attractions of the Vatican as it shows the works of Raphael Santi.
  • Stanze di Raffaello: These rooms on the first floor were decorated by Raphael Santi for Pope Julius II. The images represent theology, philosophy, poetry and law. For example, the famous painting “The School of Athens” from 1509 shows philosophy, with the philosophers Plato and Aristotle in the center.
  • Laocoön group: A group of marble statues of the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons from the years 40-20 BC. According to tradition, the priest wanted to prevent the Trojan horse from being allowed into the city. The statue shows Laocoön being strangled by Poseidon’s snakes.
  • La Galleria della Carte geografiche: On the first floor there is also the map gallery from the 16th century with huge topographical maps on the walls and on the ceiling. The 40 beautiful wall panels were created by Ignazio Danti.
  • The Vatican Art Gallery: On the ground floor there is a large collection of tapestries and paintings from the Vatican with works by the great masters, including Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian and Raphael Santi.

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