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Museo Pio Cristiano in Rome: A Journey Through the History of Christianity

Explore the Museo Pio Cristiano and save 21 € on admission fees with the Rome City Pass

Museo Pio Cristiano at the Vatican

The Museo Pio Cristiano houses a collection of Early Christian work. Pope Pius IX founded the Museo Pio Cristiano in 1854. In the Museo Pio Cristiano, you can find the oldest Christian exhibition pieces in the world. Some of the pieces can be dated back to 150 AC. Things to see in the Museo Pio Cristiano (amongst many other things) include sarcophagi in the catacombs, scripts, statues, and other artifacts from the 5th century. One thing that is especially worth mentioning about the Museo Pio Cristiano is its “Good Shepherd” statue, which is dated to be from the 3rd century AC and is considered to be the oldest statue portrayal of Christ.

Opening Hours of the Museo Pio Cristiano

From Monday to Saturday 08.00 am – 07.00 pm (final entry 05.00 pm)

From 1 March On Fridays and Saturdays extended opening hours until 08.00 pm (final entry 06.00 pm) 

Admission Prices for the Museo Pio Cristiano

Adults: 21,00 €
Reduced Price: 12,00 € 

The regular admission price into the Vatican Museum (and so, also for the Museo Pio Cristiano's) for adults is 21,00 €, and the reduced admission price is 12,00 €. With the Rome City Pass, admission into the Vatican Museums, Vatican Courtyards, and also the Museo Pio Cristiano is free. With the purchase of a Rome City Pass, you additionally get a Skip-the-Line ticket into the Vatican. This ticket includes the admission price into the Vatican as well as the admission price for many other attractions in the Vatican. As a Rome City Pass Holder, you don't need to pay any further fees to be admitted into the Vatican- plus you get preferred access! 

Tickets for the Museo Pio Cristiano

If you own a Rome City Pass, you won't have to look for any other admission ticket to visit the Vatican. You will receive a Skip-the-Line ticket as well as a ticket for many other attractions in Rome that you can visit for free or at reduced prices.

Address Museo Pio Cristiano

Viale Vaticano
00165 Rome 

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Metro: Line A direction Battistini, Ottaviano or Cipro to Ottaviano – S. Pietro – Musei Vaticani
Bus: 49, Stop at the Place in front of the Vatican Museums
32, 81, 982 to Piazza del Risorgimento
492, 990 to Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni
Tram: 19 to Piazza del Risorgimento  

The Museo Pio Cristiano can be found at the following address: “Viale Vaticano, 00165, Rome.” This address is located in the middle of the Vatican. Your Rome City Pass offers you the opportunity to visit various museums and attractions all over this historical city. After a visit to the Museo Pio Cristiano, you can visit many other interesting attractions and museums in the Vatican- all of which you can visit for free with the Rome City Pass.

Directions to the Museo Pio Cristiano

From the mains station, Termini, traveling to the Vatican with the public transportation system is easy.
You can easily reach the Vatican with the underground train, the tram, as well as the bus. After getting off at your respective stop, you only have a short walk to make to reach your destination. A direct journey from the Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Fiumicino) and from the Ciampino Airport is only possible using a taxi. Otherwise, you have the possibility to use the Leonardo-Express Train (at Fiumicino) or with the bus (at Ciampino) and ride to train line A in order to reach the Vatican.

Highlights of the Museo Pio Cristiano

  • Collection of Early-Christian Art
  • 2500-year old artifacts • The sculpture „The Good Shepherd” and the „Hall of Christian Sarcophagi” 
  • Special entrance that you can use to skip the line to visit all the Vatican Museums 

Attractions Near the Museo Pio Cristiano

The Museo Pio Cristiano is just one of the Vatican Museums. This museum is not just near the Vatican- it's also a part of the Vatican. Thus, the Museo Pio Cristiano is located very near to many other attractions- all of which you can visit for free with the Rome City Pass. The Roman Forum and the Colosseum, are also nearby the museum and can be visited for free with the Rome City Pass.

Visit the Museo Pio Cristiano for free with the Rome City Pass and have your ticket into the Museo Pio Cristiano already in your pocket before you even depart for Rome!

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