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Castel Gandolfo: the Papal Apartment opens to the public

The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo are increasingly accessible to visitors. Following the opening to the public of the Barberini Garden and the inauguration, within the Apostolic Palace, of the Museums of the Gallery of the Portraits of the Pontiffs, from 22 October the most private and reserved areas of the papal residence can also be admired and enjoyed by pilgrims and tourists. Many of the exclusive places in the Papal Apartment will be revealed to visitors: from the Bedchamber to the Private Chapel, from the Library to the Study, along a rich exhibition itinerary conceived, arranged and managed by the Vatican Museums. Press Release
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"Beauty unites us"

On 20 September, the Vatican Museums attended in Beijing the first edition of the three-day event Silk Road International Cultural Expo: an important annual appointment for the “promotion of the cultural exchanges between nations and regions along the Silk Road, with the spirit of the ancient caravan route of peace and cooperation, openness and integration, mutual knowledge and mutual benefit”. Represented by Msgr. Paolo Nicolini, Managing Director, and by Fr. Nicola Mapelli, curator of the Ethnological Museums, the Pope’s Museums demonstrated how artistic beauty in all its expressive forms may unite the peoples of the earth in a single great embrace. Tangible signs of this renewed openness and reciprocal recognition were offered by, on the symbolic day of Friday 21 October, the concert of popular Chinese music at the Guangzhou Opera House and the calligraphic works of the artist Cui Zimo: a meaningful gift that further enriches the already great gift of Pope Francis, of opening to the public the entire Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo.
Msgr. P. Nicolini's speech at the Silk Road International Cultural Expo

Again this year the Vatican Museums renew their usual seasonal appointments in the form of the Night Openings. Every Friday evening, from 6 May to 28 October, the monumental door of the Pope's Museums will open at sunset to reveal over a thousand years of treasures in the Vatican Collections.
The cultural and musical accompaniment to enrich the experience of some of the evening openings has also been confirmed. Programme "La Musica dei Musei" - Press release - Book your visit

The Vatican Museums are organising the "Second Vatican Coffin Conference" in the context of the Vatican Coffin Project. From 6 to 9 June 2017 international scholars of note will deliver papers on different topics concerning Egyptian decorated wooden coffins.
Sessions will also be dedicated to discussion of the results of the analyses applied to the study of coffins. The technique is, in fact, part of a wider context, which naturally implies other artefacts, a certain environment, a social and economic context, a particular moment in history, an ideology, and a certain level of progress.

Innovation in the tradition of an Institution

"Case Study Vatican Museums" is the title of the workshop held on Friday 13 October, at the Campus of LUISS Business School in Rome, to study and analyse the case study by Oxford University dedicated to the Vatican Museums and the operation of managerial renovation, digitalisation and openness implemented in recent years, which has led to their becoming one of the world’s most visited museum complexes and a model of virtuous and successful management.
Programme - Abstract
Presentation by Barbara Jatta, Deputy Director of the Vatican Museums

We have your heart at heart!
18 defibrillators installed and more than 300 guards trained in first aid

In a place of emotion, wonder and participation such as the Vatican Museums, there is no lack of attention for the care and safety of visitors due to the development of a cardio-protection programme along the entire museum itinerary. Thanks to an innovative training project managed by the Vatican Directorate of Health and Hygiene, in collaboration with the Bambin Gesù Paediatric Hospital, the members of the Guard Corps will keep watch not only over the works of art but also the visitors, should they find themselves in need of first aid treatment with the use of a defibrillator. An alliance between culture, technology and safety for a serene and protected tour experience.

Atac and their subscribers invited to Vatican night openings
Reductions with Metrebus and èRoma cards

The Friday evening openings of the Vatican Museums will be even more accessible to residents of Rome thanks to the renewed agreement with Atac. For the third consecutive year, Metrebus and èRoma cards holders, accompanied by one guest, may obtain a special reduced ticket at the price of 17.00 Euros, and enjoy preferential skip the line access (plus complimentary DVD, "Art and Faith, the Treasures of the Vatican", an evocative review in images of 2000 years of the history of the Church and art). The initiative, for which booking is not obligatory, is valid until 28 October 2016 – August not included – every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. (last entry 9.30 p.m.).

Keep your ticket. An invitation for you to a truly special Palace!

Take advantage of a promotion, valid until 31 December, to visit the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo and its Gallery of Portraits of the Pontiffs. A special entry fee of 8 Euros is reserved to all those who can present at the entrance in Piazza della Libertà a ticket or booking for a visit to the Vatican Museums. If on the other hand you are already at Castel Gandolfo and have participated in a guided tour of the Barberini Garden of the Pontifical Villas, keep your ticket and conclude your itinerary at the Apostolic Palace, at the reduced fee of 5 Euros!



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Video art makes an entry in the Pope's Museums
A room entirely devoted to Studio Azzurro

The Vatican Museums Collection of Contemporary Art is enriched by a new work: In the beginning (and then), an interactive video installation in four parts designed and realised in 2013 by the historic Milan group Studio Azzurro, which has always guided its research towards a socialising use of interactivity. The inauguration on 28 September of the permanent installation of the work – better defined as a "sensitive environment" – in the heart of the itinerary through the Museums, is certainly also a symbolic event that recalls the equally significant first participation of the Holy See in the Venice International Biennale Art Exhibition 2013, where Studio Azzurro, with In the beginning (and then), gave tangible form to the founding moment of the biblical narrative of the Creation of the universe and of man.
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Greetings from the Director

Dear Visitors, firstly, a cordial welcome from the Director of the Vatican Museums. Second, you are entering into one of the most important sites for the history of human... [Continues]


Focus on the collections

Virtual online Tour of the Vatican Museums (explore the Sistine Chapel). [More]

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