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)



On 1st June, the Vatican Museums opened their doors to the public, after the long months of health crisis due to the COVID-19 infection.

For a period, the duration of which is still difficult to determine, visits will be organized according to the criteria briefly described below.

These rules are necessary to ensure that your visit can take place in the best and safest conditions. Therefore they prevail over the ordinary conditions reported in the individual sections of our official website.

For this reason, we invite you to take due note of them before making your reservation and to keep them in mind during your visit to our collections.

Our Office of Services and Public Relations remains at your disposal to provide useful assistance and to answer your questions at

The Pope’s Museums await you with pleasure!

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