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Museo Gregoriano Egizio

Explore the Museo Gregoirano Egizio and save 20 € on admission fees with the Rome City Pass

Museo Gregoriano Egizio Statue historisch und ägyptisch

The Museo Gregoriano Egizio, which is a Gregorian-Egyptian museum of the Vatican, was founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839. Come visit and admire thousands of years’ worth of old treasures from ancient Egypt. The Pope's interest in Egypt was due to Egypt's fundamental role in the Sacred Scripture in the History of Salvation. 

Opening Hours of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio

Monday to Saturday: 09:00AM–06:00PM

The Museo Gregoriano Egizio invites you to come visit during its opening hours between Monday-Saturday, 09:00AM–06:00PM, all-year around. In this way, you can admire the sculptures and works of art from the times of ancient Egypt bright and early at 9:00 in the morning. Last admission into the Museo Gregoriano Egizio takes place at 04:00PM, and (like all of the museums in the Vatican) it closes at 06:00PM. Therefore, you have a generous time frame to admire all of the artworks in the museum. The Museo Gregoriano Egizio is closed every Sunday, except for the last Sunday of each month. The museum is closed on Easter, June 29, and on December 25 or 26, unlike all of the other last Sundays of the other months, when visitors can explore the museum until 02:00PM. 

Tickets for the Museo Gregoriano Egizio

With your convenient Rome City Pass, you can experience the Museo Gregoriano Egizio for free. You will receive your ticket into the Museo Gregoriano Egizio and also to other top attraction in Rome (in one complete package) well before you depart for Rome. Your public transportation ticket will also be included in your Rome City Pass, which gives you a wonderful head start into starting your city tour of the Italian metropolis stress-free!

Address of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio

Address:
Viale Vaticano
 00165 Rome
Italy 

+ 39 06 69884676 

The Museo Gregoriano Egizio is one of the museums that can be found in the Vatican. Because it is located on the northern side of the Vatican, the Museo Gregoriano Egizio is not very centrally located. However, because it is so near the Vatican Gardens, the museums is still situated in a stately and impressive location. Many visitors of the Vatican come to these beautifully manicured gardens to reenergize themselves after exploring the Vatican's extensive grounds. At this location, you can reflect on your impressions of the museum- away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Museo Gregoriano Egizio is also surrounded by other museums such as the pinacoteca and the Museo Pio Clementino.

Direction to the Museo Gregoriano Egizio

Direction:
Metro A to Cipro or Ottaviano, S. Pietro, Musei Vaticani
Bus 32, 81 or 982 to Piazza del Risorgimento
Bus 492 or 990 to Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni
Bus 49 to Viale Vaticano-Musei Vaticani  

Because the Museo Gregoriano Egizio is located in the Vatican, traveling to the museum means traveling to the Vatican. Because of the museum's great location, you have several transportation options to reach the Museo Gregoriano Egizio to choose from. You can either take the Metro A and get off at the train stop called, "Cipro," or you can also get off at "Ottaviano, S. Pietro, Musei Vaticani." If you would rather take the bus, there are many bus lines that can take you to the museum: the 32, 81, or the 982 to the stop „Piazza del Risorgimento“, the 492 or the 990 to the stop „Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni,“ or the 49 to „Viale Vaticano-Musei Vaticani.“ All train and bus stops mentioned above are located very near to the Museo Gregoriano Egizio- which means that you only need to make a short leisure walk to arrive at the doors of the museum.

Special Terms & Conditions

The museum is closed on the following days: on Sundays (exception is usually on the last Sunday of each month), January 1 & 6, February 11 & 22, March 19 & 28, June 29, August 15, November 1, and December 8 & 26. 

Access into the Vatican Museums is allowed only when visitors are dressed appropriately. Therefore, please avoid wearing shoulder-exposing blouses, shorts, miniskirts, and hats on the day you decide to visit the Vatican. You can find out more information about other forbidden and also permissible objects that can be brought into the Vatican on the Vatican Museums' website: https://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/z-Info/MV_Info_Consigli.html

Highlights of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio

  • One of the Vatican Museums
  • Monuments and artifacts from ancient Egypt
  • Terrace to the bronze Pigna (pinecone) and other sculptures 

Attractions Near the Museo Gregoriano Egizio

Because the Museo Gregoriano Egizio is one of the Vatican Museums, this museum is near other museums in the Vatican like the Museo Pio Clementino and the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco. The Vatican Gardens are also located nearby the Museo Gregoriano Egizio and is only a short walk away. Furthermore, the Vatican itself is located near Castel Sant'Angelo (Mausoleum of Hadrian). Originally built as a mausoleum, this castle was later used as a place of refuge for Popes and also as a prison. Now the castle holds a museum that showcases an extensive collection of weapons, a model of how the castle looked like in the past, and much more. Other attractions near the Museo Gregoriano Egizio also includes the Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco. This museum was originally dedicated to showcasing Egyptian artwork, but over the years, the museums has expanded its collection to include artwork from Syria, Cyprus, and also art from classic antiquity. 

History & Artifacts of Museo Gregoriano Egizio

The halls of Museo Gregoriano Egizio are interrupted by a half-circle shaped terrace that houses a sculpture of a pine cone. This terrace also houses many other beautiful sculptures for visitors to admire. 

Hall I: The first hall of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio showcases (in chronological order) hieroglyphic epigraphs that are written on statues and steles. These epigraphs are recorded to have been made between 2600 BC and 600 BC. 

Hall II: Transitioning from Hall I, the second hall of the museum showcases tools that people from ancient Egypt had used during their burial rituals. One can also find in this hall the sarcophagus of the priestess, Djet-Mut. 

Hall III: In this part of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio, a reconstruction of a serapeum can be found in the Villa Adriana. This shrine to Serapis is a very organized structure that Kaiser Hadrian wanted to build along a river basin. Other things to see in this hall are various statues that were once housed in the shrine. For example, you can find a colossal bust of Isis-Soter-Demeter here. 

Hall IV: The theme of this hall is "Egypt and Rome." It showcases sculptures, reliefs, and reproductions of Egyptian art pieces and artifacts. In addition, this hall also showcases Roman artwork that have innovatively re-interpreted Egyptian art pieces. After exploring this hall, you can decide for yourself how much Egyptian culture had influenced Roman society. 

Hall V: In the half-circle area of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio, you can find monumental statues of Egyptian deities and pharaohs. These master pieces are dated to be from 2000 BC and 200 AC. 

Hall VI: This room showcases votive bronzes from the 1000 BC, amulets, and also supposed magical objects like figures of holy animals and deities. 

Hall VII: The seventh hall of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio houses bronze and clay figures from Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. These figures are believed to have been created between 400 BC and 200 BC. 

Hall VIII: Here you can find archeological artifacts that were created between 300 AC and 100 AC from Mesopotamia and Syria-Palestine. These artifacts include tablets with cuneiform written on them, official seals, jars, bronze objects, and reliefs. 

Hall IX: The last hall of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio is dedicated to showcasing reliefs and epigraphs. 

Experience the Museo Gregoriano Egizio for free with the Rome City Pass and have your ticket into the Roman Forum already in your pocket before you even depart for Rome!