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A bronze sculpture, Sphere Within Sphere, by Arnaldo Pomodoro at the Vatican Museums.

Visits to Vatican Museums fell by 5.6 million in 2020

May 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

COVID-19 forced the Museums to close for nearly five months. Read more

The modern Bramante Staircase in the Vatican Museums, pictured Nov. 12, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

‘Secrets of the Vatican Museums’ video series brings art masterpieces to YouTube

Apr 21, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The museums themselves remain closed to the public due to the pandemic Read more

Staircase at the Vatican Museums on Nov. 12, 2015.

Vatican Museums to reopen with strict new measures in May

Apr 8, 2021

The Vatican Museums are planning to reopen to the public next month with strict new COVID-19 measures. Read more

The modern Bramante Staircase in the Vatican Museums, pictured Nov. 12, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican Museums hope to reopen in February

Jan 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Vatican Museums are expected to reopen in February if coronavirus restrictions permit it, according to the museums’ director.  Read more

The spiral staircase at the Vatican Museums on Nov. 12, 2015.

Vatican Museums to close again amid tightening coronavirus restrictions

Nov 4, 2020

The Vatican announced Wednesday that the Vatican Museums will close until Dec. 3 as Italy implements further coronavirus restrictions.   Read more

Visitors in face masks at the newly reopened Vatican Museums.

Vatican Museums offer free entry to Italian medical workers

Jun 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Museums announced Wednesday that it is offering free entry to medical workers in appreciation for their work on... Read more

The newly restored Hall of Constantine in the Vatican Museums, June 1, 2020.

Vatican Museums reopening unveils restored Raphael Rooms

Jun 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Museums reopened Monday revealing newly restored frescoes in the Raphael Rooms depicting scenes from early Church history to... Read more

The Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museums will reopen June 1 as Italy opens borders to tourists

May 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Museums announced Saturday that it will reopen on June 1, two days before Italy opens its borders to... Read more

A view of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museums to reopen with temperature checks, mandatory face masks

May 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Museums are preparing to reopen by reservation only with new health measures to prevent the spread of the... Read more

The Transfiguration by Raphael. Public domain.

Raphael revisited: Vatican offers virtual tour 500 years after artist's death

Apr 6, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael, the Renaissance painter responsible for “The School of Athens” and... Read more

The Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museums closed until April 3

Mar 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Museums will be closed until April 3 as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican Ethnological Museum Oct. 18, 2019.

Pope Francis at Ethnological Museum: 'Beauty unites us'

Oct 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis paid a visit Friday to the renovated wing of the Vatican Ethnological Museum, which he praised for being... Read more

Authentic Vatican Columbus Letter. Copyright US Embassy.

Stolen copy of 1493 Columbus letter returns to the Vatican

Jun 14, 2018

By Elise Harris

After spending more than a decade in a private collection in Atlanta, a copy of a 1493 letter written by... Read more

China, Vatican use 'diplomacy of art' to foster relations

Nov 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

Relations with mainland China have long been an interest for the Holy See, and the Vatican Museums have now partnered... Read more

A view of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Oct. 29, 2014.

Donate blood, get free admission to the Vatican Museums

Apr 11, 2017

A new initiative in Italy will allow blood donors to receive a free ticket to the Vatican Museums.  Read more

Barbara Jatta at the Vatican. Courtesy of the Vatican Museums.

She grew up in the art world – now she's leading the Vatican museums

Mar 9, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Barbara Jatta, the newest director of the Vatican museums, and the first woman to hold the position, said that working... Read more

Barbara Jatta at the Vatican. Courtesy of the Vatican Museums.

Meet the first woman in history to run the Vatican museums

Dec 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday it was announced that Barbara Jatta, a wife and mother of three children, will be the new director... Read more

Detail from Rembrandt's The Three Crosses (1653).

Vatican displays Rembrandt's art for the first time

Dec 6, 2016

For the first time, the works of Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn will be displayed at the Vatican.  Read more

  Staircase at the Vatican Museums on Nov. 12, 2015.

A new look into the Vatican's stunning museums

Nov 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

Those who haven't made it to the world famous Vatican Museums needn't worry – the Church’s treasures will now come... Read more

   A view of Michelangelo's fresco of The Last Judgement inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Oct. 29, 2014.

A (literal) breath of fresh air for the Sistine Chapel's frescos

Oct 31, 2014

By Elise Harris

The first major makeover the Sistine Chapel has had since 1994 brings with it a completely new LED lighting system... Read more