Vatican Museum Entrance Ticket

Last Updated on 12 March 2024 by TT

Vatican Museum Entrance Ticket

Vatican Museum Entrance Ticket; (skip-the-line tickets here to enter fast or join guided tours from here.). The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel stand as Rome’s premier cultural and tourist destination, boasting an extensive and priceless collection of art. Consequently, nearly all year round, long ticket lines form at the entrance, with waiting times extending up to three hours. By purchasing your tickets in advance from the link above, you can enter without waiting in the ticket queue.


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The Creation of Adam fresco (by Michelangelo), Sistine Chapel

Ticket price for Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, 2024

The entrance fee for Vatican Museums starts from €20 when purchased at the ticket counter. However, in order to obtain your ticket at this lower price, you may encounter long lines. You can skip the wait by purchasing your tickets online at an additional cost. Guided tour prices, on the other hand, range from €30 to €56.

Sistine Chapel Tickets

In addition to the museum, the renowned Sistine Chapel is another must-see gem within the complex, accessible with the same ticket. The museum itself stretches over 7 kilometers of hallways, housing thousands of sculptures, valuable paintings, murals, Egyptian mummies, and much more, all displayed across 54 galleries. To focus on the most significant artworks without exhaustion, joining a guided tour is recommended.

Official ticket prices for the Vatican Museums, including discounts and free admissions:

  • Full Entry Ticket: €17.00 (without online reservation)
  • Reduced Entry Ticket: €8.00 (without online reservation)
  • ‘Skip-the-line’ ticket reservation: additional €5.00 on top of €8.00
  • Reduced Ticket for Schools: €4.00 (without online reservation)
  • ‘Skip-the-line’ ticket reservation for schools: €4.00 + €2.00
  • Reduced Ticket for Students: €8.00 (without online reservation)
  • ‘Skip-the-line’ ticket reservation for students: total €13.00
  • Reduced Ticket for Castel Gandolfo Papal Villas: Available discounts for different visitor groups.
  • Free entry to the Vatican Museums: For everyone on the last Sunday of the month, children under 6 years old, certain museum directors, visitors with a disability percentage of over 74% and their companions, ICOM and ICOMOS cardholders, and some university professors.
  • ‘Skip-the-line’ full entry ticket: €17.00 + €5.00
  • Reduced Ticket for Pilgrims: €8.00 (without online reservation)
  • ‘Skip-the-line’ ticket reservation for pilgrims: total €13.00
  • Reduced Ticket for University Institutes: €8.00 (without online reservation)
  • ‘Skip-the-line’ ticket reservation for university institutes: total €13.00
  • Reduced Ticket for Seminaries and Religious Colleges: €4.00 (without online reservation)
  • ‘Skip-the-line’ ticket reservation for seminaries and religious colleges: €4.00 + €2.00
  • Family Rate: Special discount for parents with at least two children for tours of the Castel Gandolfo Papal Villas. Free for children aged 0-5 and for the second and subsequent children.

Vatican Museums opening hours (2024)

The Vatican Museums are updating their opening and closing hours in 2024. Due to increased visitor volume in the post-Covid era, the museum, which was open from 09:00 to 18:00 in 2023, will be open from 08:00 to 19:00 in 2024 (with the last entry at 17:00). Starting from March, which marks the beginning of the high season, the closing time will be extended to 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays (with last entry at 18:00). For daily opening and closing times, you can refer to the Vatican’s 2024 calendar.

Closure days of Vatican Museum

  • Sundays (except the last Sunday of each month)
  • 1 and 6 January
  • February 11
  • March 19
  • 1 April
  • 1 May
  • 29 June
  • 14, 15 August
  • November 1
  • 24, 31 December (open till 15:00)
  • 25, 26 December





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Location and how to go?

The location

Vatican State and Museums are located near to the city center, neighbouring Borgo district.

How to get to Vatican Museum?

By walking

It is within a walking distance from Navona Square (2.6 km and approximately 25 minutes), Popolo Square (3 km’s) and Venezia Square (3.5 km’s).

By metro

You have to get on the red “Line A” and get off in the Ottaviano – St. Peter Station. From this station, it takes a few minutes to the entrance of the Vatican Museum and 5 minutes to St. Peter Basilica, by walking. This metro line also passes from the Termini Train Station and Spanish Steps.

By tram

Line 19, Villa Borghese-Piazza Risorgimento (near Vatican), the line starts near Piazza Popolo.

By public bus

40 (express), 64, 62, 81 bus lines pass by the Vatican.

Where is the entrance to the museum?

Generally, the visitors first arrive at the St. Peter’s Square in front of the St. Peter’s Basilica. The hop-on hop-off buses drop off the visitors at this point as well. But the entrance to Vatican Museums is by the northern gate which is near to Piazza del Risorgimento. Walk through the Vatican walls on the right side for 5-10 minutes to go to the entrance from St. Peter’s Square.

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What to see in Vatican Museum?

Important paintings to see (Vatican Museum entry tickets)

Here are some of the most important artworks and galleries;

1- Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)

Here is the first acceptance place of the Vatican Palace, also known as Papal Palace, open to the public. It consists of four halls. This saloon opens into Belvedere Courtyard and at this saloon there are two masterpiece frescoes of Raphael, one of the most important artists of Italian Renaissance; The School of Athens (Scuola di Atene) and the Liberation of St. Peter.

Vatican Museum Entrance Tickets

The School of Athens School (Sculola di Atene); this painting is one of the masterpieces reflecting the classical spirit of the Italian Renaissance. The painting gathers the most famous philosophers and scientists of the Ancient Greece on which the Renaissance art is based. The building depicted in the painting has Roman architectural elements rather than classical Greek architecture. You will see Platon and his student Aristotales, at the middle of the painting with blue and red dress.

Liberazione di San Pietro

Deliverance of St Peter (Liberazione di San Pietro) / above the fresco shows how St. Peter was released from Herod Agrippa’s prison with the help of an angel. The painting has three scenes. In the middle, the angel awakens St. Peter, and on the right, is leading him to pass by the sleeping guards. On the left side a guard sees the light created by the angel and wakes up his friend by pointing the enlightenment in the cell. Especially the back-lit scene is the most impressive part of the frescoes.

2- Gregorian Egypt Museum

This collection has been established by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839. Most of the artworks were brought by the Romans from Egypt and some of them were brought from Villa Adriana in Tivoli and some of them were bought from special collections in the 19th century. The Egypt section composed of nine rooms. Sculptures, figures made of clay, bronze objects, and monumental artworks are exhibited in this section. You can see the ancient artworks from Mesopotamia, Syria, and Palestine in the last two rooms.

3- Vatican History Museum and Papal Portraits

This section was opened in 1973 and it is one of the new sections of the museum. In this section the portraits of all the popes from 16th century to today are exhibited. Additionaly you can see the interesting “papamobile” designs (“papamobile” are the vehicles used to carry the popes).

4- Papal Thrones

Here, you can see the Papal Throne made of red marble. This throne was brought from San Giovanni di Laterano Basilica, the former diocese of Rome. Red marble symbolises the reign and empery. The throne was adorned with mosaics and frescoes and its armrests have lion figures.

5- Gallery of Maps

Vatican Museum Entrance Tickets

The Gallery of Maps is 120 meters high saloon, in the hallway form and on the west side of the Belvedere Courtyard. This room was designed in three years and completed in1580 by Ignazio Danzi. 40 colored topographic maps are exhibited on the walls of gallery. The ceiling frescos are the most important part of this gallery.

6- Sala Rotonda

If you have visited the famous Roman Pantheon, you will see that this hall resemble it. The hall was designed in the Ancient Roman style and the alcoves of the hall were adorned with valuable statutes and the floor coverings were adorned with mosaics. The gold plated Hercules statute and red marble pool, where the rainwater is accumulated are worth-seeing. This pool had been rescued from the famous Golden House of Nero near by the Forum Area.

7- Gallery of the Statues

This gallery (Pio Clementino Museum) was once the loggia of the Palace of the “Pope Innocent VIII”. In 18 the century, it was covered with window walls to exhibit the statutes. The Gallery of Statutues continues until the “Gallery of Busts”. Most of the exhibited artworks are the statues from the ancient Rome and Renaissance periods. The walls of the gallery were adorned with frescoes, mosaics, city and nature landscapes and some of its parts are still visible today. The statues were put later to be exhibited. The Apollo Belvedere Statue is a replica of a bronze Ancient Greek statue and sculpted during Roman period and has been symblizing the perfectness of the aesthetics of the male body for ages.

“Laocoon and His Sons” is another iconic statute you should see. It describes the agonizing killing of The Trojan Priest and his sons by the snakes sent by Goddess Athena.

8- Pinacoteca Vaticana

This painting gallery is composed of 18 halls and it is the most perfect and richest painting gallery in Rome. You can not see so many masterpieces together in another place in Italy. We recommend you to not to miss the following paintings in the list below;

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Giotto – Stefaneschi Triptych
  • Deposition from the Cross / Caravaggio
  • Madonna of Foligno / Raphael
  • Transfiguration / Raphael
  • Stefaneschi Triptych / Giotto
  • Madonna and Child with Saints / Pietro Perugino
  • St Jerome / Leonardo da Vinci
  • Crusifixion of St Peter / Guido Reni
  • Spiral Stairs (Bramante Staircase)

9- Sistine Chapel

10- Bramante Staircase

There are two staircases in Vatican Museums known as the Bramante Staircase. One of these was made in 1505 and located in the tower of Belvedere Palace. The famous Bramante Staircase is also called the New Bramante Staircase and it is located in Pio Clamentine Museum. You can not miss this staircase because you will have to use it during the entrance and exit of the museums. The new staircase was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932 by being inspired from the old staircase. This monumental spiral stair, also known as the snail staircase, is the most photographed staircase inthe world. The people climbing up and coming down the stairs do not meet each other due to the double deck original design.

Vatican Museum Entrance Tickets

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