Hours and openings

The Sistine Chapel opens every day of the year from Monday to Saturday.

Opening days and times

From monday to Thursday
8.30 am - 6.30 pm (the exit from the museum and exhibition sectors starts at 4.30 pm).

Friday and Saturday

8.30 am - 10.30 pm (last entrance 8.30 pm).

Extraordinary openings on the last Sunday of the month are suspended

Closures 2021

The Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums are not open every Sunday until further notice

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 enjoy the visit with fewer people we recommend:

  • do not go on the last Sunday of the month (when it comes back for free);
  • don't go during Holy Week;
  • avoid Saturday and Sunday in high season.

The best way to save time is to buy a ticket online and choose your preferred time.

Inside the Vatican Museums in Rome

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