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  • Children and young people aged between 6 and 18 years.
  • Students up to 25 years of age, on presentation of a valid International Student Card, a student identity document or other documentation stating their registration to a university or institution of higher education, are granted the reduced price ticket.
  • Universities (students up to 25 years of age on presentation of a letter of application on headed paper of the university institution with the stamp of the institute and signature of the Headmaster of the faculty or the Rector of the university, pointing out the number of students, of the teachers and of the possible companions). The reduced ticket is granted every 10 students to the students, to the teacher or companion; the teacher and companion in excess pay the full fare. Free tickets are not granted. If you buy a reduced ticket without the necessary qualifications or the presentation of a valid student identify card you are required to buy another entrance full ticket. The reduced ticket is not refundable.
  • Priests and religious (with identify document).
  • Pilgrimages on presentation of a request letter on headed paper of the Parish or the Diocese of affiliation. A free ticket is granted for the priest companion of the pilgrimage on presentation of the celebret.
  • Employers of all the offices, ministries and organisms of the Holy See or of the Vatican City State and retired people of the same and their relatives (consorts, children, parents, brothers, sisters) on simple identification.

Scholastic reduced ticket

  • Primary, Middle and High Schools (except universities) without distinction of places, on presentation of a letter of request on headed paper with the stamp of the institute and signature of the Headmaster, pointing out the number of the students, the teachers and possibile companions; the Scholastic reduced ticket is granted to all students. A free ticket is granted also to a teacher or companion every 10 students. Other teachers or companions in excess pay the full fare.

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Free Entrance

  • On the last Sunday of each month.
  • World Tourism Day (september 27).
  • Children under 6 years of age.
  • Directors of museums, ministries, superintendences or governmental organizations assigned to archelogical, artistic, artistic heritage preservation.
  • Visitors with certification of invalidity of over 74%.
    Companion of a disabled visitor (only when the disabled visitor is not self-sufficient).
    Free tickets for disabled visitors and for accompanying persons may not be booked online. The free tickets are issued at the "Special Permits" desk or "Reception", situated in the entrance hall to the Vatican Museums.
  • Journalists authorized by the Direction of the Museums after clearance from the Press Room of the Holy See, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Foreign Press Association and the "Ordine Nazionale Italiano dei Giornalisti".
  • Holders of valid ICOM (International Council of Museums) and ICOMONS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) membership cards.
  • Donors of works and patrons: Patrons and Friends of the Vatican Museums.
  • University professors (Chairs of Archaeology, Art History, Architecture and Ethnology), professors of academies seated in Rome, academic teaching specialists may give special lectures in particular sections of the Museums on subjects within their specialization by presenting a written request to the Direction of the Museums. The authorization is not valid for a subsequent visit outside those sections. To continue the visit outside those sections it is necessary to buy the entrance ticket.