The Vatican Museums reopen with new anti-contagion safety measures
After nearly three months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican Museums will finally reopen to the public on June 1st. The reopening of the Vatican Museums comes with new anti-contagion measures, including mandatory reservations and no large group visits. Let’s take a look at the new safety measures in place.
Mandatory online booking and no large groups
Entrance to the Vatican Museums is strictly under a reservation only policy. The Vatican will only sell a limited number of tickets, which must be purchased online on their official website. During this emergency period, the online booking fee of €4 has been waived. In addition, only groups of up to 10 visitors will be admitted at this time.
The Vatican Museums have set out a number of safety measures during this emergency period. Visitors will have to wear a face mask at all times, their body temperatures will be checked at the entrance and a medical and health team will ensure every need during opening hours. Social distancing of 1.5 meters is mandatory.
New opening hours
During this emergency phase the Vatican Museums have also changed their opening hours.
- Monday – Thursday: the Pontifical Collections may be visited from 10am – 8pm, with the last entry at 6pm (exit from the museum begins at 7.30pm)
- Friday – Saturday: the museums will be open from 10am – 10pm, with the last entry at 8pm (exit from the museum begins at 9.30pm). Visitors on Fridays and Saturday will also have the possibility to enjoy aperitif in the Pine Cone Courtyard at sunset.
- Free entry on the last Sunday of every month has been suspended
New bus tour of the Vatican Gardens
If you’d like to visit the Vatican Gardens, there is a new open bus tour you can book online. This ecological and panoramic tour of the Vatican Gardens will give you exclusive access to the stunning gardens.
The Pontifical villas
In addition to the Vatican Museums and Gardens, the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo overlooking Lake Albano will reopen on June 6th. Visits will be available from Saturday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm). Thermo scanners will measure visitor’s temperature and face masks are mandatory. The train that connected the Vatican Museums to the Castel Gondolfo has been suspended for the time being.