The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums contain masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes through the centuries. The Museums include several monumental works of art, such as the Sistine Chapel, the Chapel of Beato Angelico, the Raphael Rooms and Loggia and the Borgia Apartment. 
           The Pinacoteca, or Picture Gallery, is situated in a building that dates back to 1932 and that was designed by the architect Beltrami. It is connected to the Museum complex (at the entrance of the Quattro Cancelli) by an elegant portico. 
           The Christian, Profane and Missionary-Ethnological Museum contains a collection of artistic and archaeological objects, some of an ethnological nature, that were once housed in the Lateran Palace.
           The Collection of Modern Religious Art was added to the Museums in 1973. The History Museum is located in the Lateran Palace and includes, among other things, items that belonged to the Pontifical Military Corps. 
           The Museums are usually open to the public every weekday morning and in the early afternoon in summer. Entry is free on the last Sunday of every month. The entrance to the Museums is on Viale Vaticano, near Piazza Risorgimento.
           A Workshop for Restoring paintings, bronzes, marble, tapestries and other items, is part of the Museums which also includes a Scientific Research Laboratory.

  • The Sistine Chapel

    The Sistine Chapel

    The Sistine Chapel is named after his commissioner, Sixtus IV della Rovere (1471-1484), who decided to have a large...

  • Pinacoteca


    The building of the Pinacoteca, completed in 1931, was commissioned by Pius IX (1922 -1939), expressly to house a...

  • Raphael’s Rooms

    Raphael’s Rooms

    The “Vatican Rooms” were actually the apartments of Pope Julius II (1503-1513), who did not want to live in the rooms...

  • Egyptian Museum

    Egyptian Museum

    The museum was founded by Gregory XVI (1831-1846) in the Lateran Palace in 1884 and John XXIII had it relocated in the...

  • Etruscan Museum

    Etruscan Museum

    Going back to the Simonetti Staircase, the visitor may either visit the Etruscan Museum, housed in the Palace of...

  • Pio-Christian Museum

    Pio-Christian Museum

    It contains Christian antiquities originally exhibited in the Lateran Museum. Founded by Pius IX in 1854, it consists...

  • Gregorian Profane Museum

    Gregorian Profane Museum

    The museum was founded by Gregory XVI (1831-1846) in the Lateran Palace in 1884 and John XXIII had it relocated in the...

  • Gallery of Tapestries

    Gallery of Tapestries

    Flemish tapestries, realized in Brussels by Pieter van Aelst’s School from drawings by Raphael’s pupils, during the...

  • Pius-Clementine Museum

    Pius-Clementine Museum

    Commissioned by Popes Clement XIV (1769-1774)and Pius VI (1775-1799) to collect the most important Greek and Roman...

  • Missionary Ethnological Museum

    Missionary Ethnological Museum

    The museum was founded by Gregory XVI (1831-1846) in the Lateran Palace in 1884 and John XXIII had it relocated in the...

  • The Immaculate Conception and Sobieski Rooms

    The Immaculate Conception and Sobieski Rooms

    The Sobieski Room derives its name from the large painting by the Polish painter Jean Matejko (1838-1893), which...

  • Borgia Apartment

    Borgia Apartment

    This was a private wing built for Alexander VI (1492-1503) and decorated by Bernardo di Betto, called il Pinturicchio...

  • Gallery of the Candelabra

    Gallery of the Candelabra

    Originally an open loggia built in 1761, the loggia was walled up at the end of the 18th century. The ceiling was...

  • Chariot Room

    Chariot Room

    This late 18th century room contains a large marble Roman chariot drawn by two horses, dating from the 1st century...

  • Apartment of Pius V

    Apartment of Pius V

    This Apartment consists of a gallery, two small rooms and a chapel. It was built for Pope Pius V (1566-1572) and...

  • Gallery of Maps

    Gallery of Maps

    It takes its name from the 40 maps frescoed on the walls, which represent the Italian regions and the papal properties...

  • Chiaramonti Museum - Braccio Nuovo Gallery

    Chiaramonti Museum - Braccio Nuovo Gallery

    Founded by Pius VII Chiaramonti (1800-1823) for a collection of Roman busts and statues, the Museum was organized by...

  • Historical Museum - Carriage Pavilion

    Historical Museum - Carriage Pavilion

    This museum was founded by Paul VI in 1973 and is located in a large room under the Square Garden. It contains saddles,...

  • Vatican Courtyards

    Vatican Courtyards

    After passing the Atrium of the “Corazze” on the left, and crossing the Atrium with its Four Gates, the visitor enters...