Standard entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel costs €17 or €24 with an audio guide.
Tickets can be purchased from the the ticket office, but to beat the queues ‘skip the line’ tickets can be pre-booked at the Vatican Museums website. Booking online costs an extra €4 and will allow visitors to select a time slot for their visit.
Concessions are available for a range of groups – see ‘Reduced Ticket Prices’ section below for further details.
All disabled visitors with ‘certified invalidity of more than 74%’ are eligible for free entry. Visitors who are not self-sufficient also have free entry extended to a companion.
Free tickets for disabled visitors cannot be booked online. They are issued at either the Special Permits or Reception desks in the Vatican Museums entrance hall, upon presentation of a certification of invalidity.
Disabled visitors and companions are guaranteed ‘skip the line‘ entry.
Monday to Saturday: 9am – 6pm. Final entry is at 4pm.
Every last Sunday of the month: 9am to 2pm (provided this does not coincide with Easter Sunday, June 29 or December 25-26). Final entry is at 12.30pm.
Visitors must leave the museum halls 30 minutes before closing time
Throughout the year, the Vatican Museums will be closed on selected days. To check for scheduled closures, go here.
Visitors must be ‘appropriately dressed’. Low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, miniskirts and hats are not allowed.
All luggage, medium to large umbrellas, video cameras and tripods must be left in the cloakroom before entering the museums.
All visitors must pass through a security check prior to entry.
It is forbidden to consume food and drink inside the exhibition hall
It is permitted to take photographs for personal use only, apart from in the Sistine Chapel. Flash photography is strictly forbidden.
Visitors to the sistine Chapel are requested to observe absolute silence and refrain from using mobile phones.
For security reasons, there is no wi-fi coverage in the museums.
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