Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani; Latin: Musea Vaticana) are the public museums of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by the Catholic Church and the papacy throughout the centuries, including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display,[1] and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments.[4]

Vatican Museums
Musei Vaticani
The Vatican Museums as seen from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica
Established1506; 515 years ago (1506)
Location  Vatican City
TypeArt museum
Collection size70,000[1]
Visitors1,300,000 (2020)[2]
DirectorBarbara Jatta[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century.[5] The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling and altar wall decorated by Michelangelo, and the Stanze di Raffaello (decorated by Raphael) are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vatican Museums were visited by only 1,300,000 persons, a drop of 81 percent from the number of visitors in 2019, but still enough to rank the museums fourth among the most-visited art museums in the world.[6]

There are 54 galleries, or sale, in total,[citation needed] with the Sistine Chapel, notably, being the last sala within the Museum.