Rules & Regulations

Admission policy of the Vatican Museums

To visit the Vatican Museums you must present a valid tickets. There are policies are in place to maintain the dignity of Vatican City State such as a dress code. Admission to the Sistine Chapel, included with the museum entry, requires adherence to these policies.

Vatican Museums proper attire guidelines

Visitors must dress respectfully when entering the sacred spaces. Clothing covering shoulders, knees, and midriffs is required, so shorts and tank tops should be avoided. Visitors in inappropriate attire may be refused entry.

Cloakroom and storage at the Vatican Museums

Large items such as luggage must be stored in the cloakroom. Visitors leaving for the Vatican Basilica should remember that items must not be left in the museum cloakroom as they may not be able to retrieve them later.

Vatican Museums' security and accessibility

The museums prioritize visitor safety through mandatory procedures like body temperature checks. Additionally, better accessibility is available for those in need, ensuring a welcoming environment for all patrons.

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Forbidden items at the Vatican Museums

Certain items are not allowed inside the museum to ensure safety and preservation of the artwork. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Knives, scissors, and any metal tools
  • Luggage, suitcases or large backpacks
  • Pets, with the exception of guide dogs*
  • Umbrellas, tripods, selfie sticks, drones or any other professional equipment

There is free cloakroom service available at the Vatican Museums where it is possible to leave prohibited belongings.

*Guide dogs must be carried on a lead and muzzle, and therapy pets will only be allowed entrance with a certificate.

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