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Extraordinary Vatican museums by night

Extraordinary Vatican museums by night

Starting Friday, April 20, the 2018 edition of the extraordinary night openings of the Vatican Museums that runs until October 26 will take place and offer visitors a unique experience of a visit in an atmosphere of artistic beauties and music proposals.

From April to October, the Pope’s Museums will open their doors at sunset to reveal themselves in a suggestive and unusual nocturnal atmosphere. Every year, to enrich the special visit experience, a rich concert review is also on the night agendas animated with beautiful sounds, songs, and dances. The evenings will provide not only art and history, but also shows and a tasty Happy Hour in the charming Cortile della Pigna for a regenerating moment of escape.

Starting at 7:00 pm, for more than 6 months, and for a total of 27 Fridays, the Pope’s Museums “double” their cultural offer by proposing a new evening version that is very much appreciated by the public and tourists, especially during the cool nights of spring and summer. Thee Friday Night openings are now a consolidated reality, happily experienced in recent years with great success.

Useful to know about night openings:

• Period: April, May, June, July, August, September, October

• Day: Friday

• Timetable: from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm (last admission at 9:30 pm)

• Concert start time (if scheduled): 8:30 pm

• Admission booking and guided tours: mandatory online

• Museum sectors that can be visited: Gregorian Egyptian Museum, Pio Clementino Museum, Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Geographical Maps, Rooms of Raphael, Apartment Borgia, Collection of Contemporary Art, Sistine Chapel, Galleries of the Vatican Apostolic Library

• Exceptionally open museum sectors: Sale di S. Pio V (collection of medieval and Renaissance ceramics, minute mosaics)

Museums to visit during night openings include the Sistine Museum and Chapel as well as the Vatican Museums.