Hours and openings

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

Opening days and times

From monday to Saturday
8.30 am - 18.30 pm (the exit from the museum and exhibition sectors starts at 16.30 pm).

Extraordinary openings on the last Sunday of the month are suspended

Closures 2020

The sunday, December 8, 25 and 26.

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

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