Hours and openings

The Sistine Chapel opens every day of the year from Monday to Saturday and every last Sunday of the month.

Opening days and times

From monday to saturday
9.00 am – 6.00 pm (final entry 4.00 pm).

Every last Sunday of the month Free entry

The exit from the rooms is scheduled 30 minutes before the museum closure.

Closures 2019

The sunday (except the last of each month), January 1, February 11, March 19, April 22, May 1, June 29, August 14 and 15, November 1, December 25 and 26.

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The best time to visit the Sistine Chapel

The best time to visit the Sistine Chapel is around 1:00 pm on weekdays or early in the morning before opening.

To avoid the long queues for visiting the Sistine Chapel we recommend:

  • do not go on the last Sunday of the month (with free access);
  • don't go during Holy Week;
  • avoid Saturday and Sunday in high season.

The best way to save time and skip long lines is to buy a ticket online.

Inside the Vatican Museums in Rome