The Vatican Museums

Averaging six million visitors each year, the Vatican Museums is the third most visited art museum in the world and home to some of the world’s greatest masterpieces by artists like Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini.

Popes throughout the centuries have built this collection of important works of art, archeology, and ethnology to share it with the world and preserve it for future generations.

In addition to works of art on display in the galleries, some rooms of the Museums, including those decorated by the great Renaissance painter and architect Raphael, are the main attraction.

Address: Viale Vaticano (runs along the right-hand side of the Vatican City Wall if you are facing St. Peter’s Basilica)



Dear visitors,
In coordination with the measures issued by the Authorities of the government of the Italian Republic in response to the health emergency, the Vatican Museums will remain closed to the public until 31 January 2021 (inclusive). Likewise, the suspension of tourism-related, museum and cultural activities at the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo will be extended.

There will be a direct automatic refund for all tickets already purchased for admissions or guided tours booked for the period indicated above, during which the Museums and the Pontifical Villas will be closed.
It will therefore not be necessary for visitors to proceed with a formal request for reimbursement.

We apologise for the inconvenience and invite you to contact the Museums at should you have any requests for information or assistance.

Tickets Vatican Museums and Gardens
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Modalities, procedures and rules for visits to the Vatican Museums and Gardens