The Vatican Museums are Christian and art museums located in Vatican City. The museums were established in the early 16th century by Pope Julius II. They contain art and other items that have been collected by popes through the centuries. It is thought that there are around 70,000 items in the collection of which 20,000 are on display at one time. The collection contains some notable Roman sculptures as well as paintings by some of the world’s most famous artists. It is a show of history and the history of popes and what they were gifted and collected.
The museums are situated in the Vatican City, which is surrounded by Rome. The 19 tram stops on the edge of the Vatican City, from the ‘Risorgimento’ stop, the museums are a short walk away. The 23 and 492 buses also stop a short walk away.
Opening Times and Admission
The museums are open to visitors six days of the week, Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm with last entry set for 4 pm. Admission is set at 17 euros for adults and 8 euros for concessions.