The Vatican Palace holds one of the largest art collections founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II.
Later Popes added other museums and galleries over the centuries.
Access to the Sistine Chapel with frescoes by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Peregino and Ghirlandaio is though the museums which include The Borgia Apartments by Pinturicchio, The apartments of Pius V by Giorgio Vasari and The Raphael Rooms commissioned by Pope Julius II.
The Vatican Picture Gallery holds a huge collection of priceless artworks and the museums house tapestries, Etruscan and Egyptian mummies, sarcophagi and pottery, early Greek and Roman Statues (some from Hadrian's Villa), mosaics and glassware, early Christian inscriptions from the catacombs and ancient cemeteries of Ostia, Porto and Rome.
Artists in the Pinacoteca Vaticana
Pietro da Cortona
The Vatican Museums are not included in the Roma Pass as the Vatican City is a separate state from Rome.
The ticket office is open from 9am until 4pm.
The Museum is closed on Sundays.
Tickets can be bought online to skip the queue which is usually very, very long.