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Museo Storico Vaticano

Explore the Museo Storico Vaticano and save 20 € on admission fees with the Rome City Pass

Personal im Museo Storico Vaticano mit altertümlicher Kleidung und Kostümen

In the Museo Storico Vaticano, which is a historical museum in the Vatican, you can find different collections that tell about the Vatican's history. For example, you can see transportation vehicles that were used by Popes in the carriage pavilion.

Opening Hours of the Museo Storico Vaticano

Monday to Saturday: Tours take place at 09:00AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM and 12:00PM (without registration)

You can learn more about the history of the Vatican in the Museo Storico Vaticano from January to December. Your visit to the past can take place only during these listed guided tour times: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 or at 12:00. Sight-seeing autonomously is not permitted in the former apartments of the Pope in the Museo Storico Vaticano. If you would like to take part of one of these guided tours, no registration is needed to do so. Just make sure you're on time for the next guided tour.

Tickets for the Museo Storico Vaticano

With your convenient Rome City Pass, you can experience the Museo Storico Vaticano for free. You will receive your ticket into the Museo Storico Vaticano and also to other top attractions 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 Museo Storico Vaticano

Address:
Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 6
 00184 Rome
Italy 

+39 0669886386  

The Museo Storico Vaticano is located nearby the central station of Rome (Termini Roma). Due to its easily reachable location, the Museo Storico Vaticano is truly situated centrally in Rome. The banks of the Tiber River as well as the Parco della Caffarella are only a few minutes away from the museum. Here you can enjoy the beautiful Roman weather and also experience a variety of fascinating stories about the history of Rome. Because of the Museo Storico Vaticano's location in the inner city of Rome, you can easily visit other top attractions in Rome like the Colosseum. Please note that the Museo Storico Vaticano's location is divided into two areas. The actual museum is located in the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran and the carriage pavilion is located further in the Vatican under the Giardino Quadrato! 

Directions to the Museo Storico Vaticano

Metro A or Tram 8 to San Giovanni
Bus 16, 51, 81, 85, 87, 117, 650, 665, 673, 714, 717 or 792 to San Giovanni in the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran  

Because of the Museo Storico Vaticano's central location, getting to the museum is easy and can be planned very flexibly. If you would like to take the tram or Metro, the best stop to get off at is „San Giovanni." You will only have to make a short walk in order to reach the entrance of the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran, which is where the Museo Storico Vaticano is located. If you would rather minimize walking time and be dropped off directly in front of the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran, we suggest traveling with any of these bus lines instead: 16, 51, 81, 85, 87, 117, 650, 665, 673, 714, 717 or the 792. Simple get off at “San Giovanni in Laterano” and the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran will be within sight! Due to the variety of choices you can choose from to travel to the Museo Storico Vaticano, integrating your plans to visit the museum into your day tour of Rome is easy.

Special Terms & Conditions

The museum is closed on the following dates: January 1, February 11, March 19, Easter, May 1, June 29, August 14 & 15, November1, and December 25 & 26. 

The entrance of the Museo Storico Vaticano is located in the portico of the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran.  

Highlights of the Museo Storico Vaticano

  • Historical museum of the Vatican
  • Guided tour of the former apartments of the Pope and of chapels
  • Exhibition of transport vehicles used by the Pope in the carriage pavilion 

Attractions Near the Museo Storico Vaticano

Because the Museo Storico Vaticano is centrally located, many top attractions in Rome can be easily reached after your visit! The Colosseum is located only 15-minutes away from the Museo Storico Vaticano. The Colosseum is the largest and also the most famous amphitheater that was built in ancient Rome. The Palatine Hills are also just as close to the Museo Storico Vaticano. The Palatine Hills are one of the seven hills in Rome and is an important excavation site. Another attraction that is nearby the Museo Storico Vaticano is the Museo della Mura (Museum of the Ancient Wall). In this museum, you can go on a walk on the (almost fully intact) Aurelian Wall. This wall was constructed in 300 BC by the Kaiser Aurelian as a form of fortification. The Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale „Guiseppe Tucci” is also only 15-minutes away from the Museo Storico Vatican. This museum showcases various oriental artwork.

History of the Museo Storico Vaticano

The start of the history of the Museo Storico Vaticano began in 1973. Paul VI had established the museum during this year. The Museo Storico Vaticano was originally located under the„Giardino Quadrato” in the Vatican. Even today, visitors have the opportunity to not only admire the state carriages, saddles, automobiles, and palanquins that various Popes had used, but also the first locomotive model that was created in 1929 in Vatican City. One of the highlights of the history of the Vatican is the Galawagen (a luxury carriage) that was built for Pope Leo XII and was still in use up until the reign of Pius XI. The actual Museo Storico Vaticano is located in the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran. Here you can visit the former apartment of the Pope and chapels, as well as peruse through the Vatican's collection of weapons, valuable icons, and artwork- all of which had contributed and enriched the history of the Vatican somehow. 

Experience the Museo Storico Vaticano for free with the Rome City Pass and have your ticket into the Museo Storico Vaticano already in your pocket before you even depart for Rome.