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The Educational Tours and Didactic Laboratory are two didactic activities linked to each other.

The first part consists in a guided tour of a selected section of the Museums, followed by a creative re-elaboration in the Laboratory of what has been seen during the tour.

At the end of the tour students can take their creations home with them, while a data sheet summary of their itinerary and activities are distributed to their teachers.



Gregorian Egyptian Museum - On the trails of Champollion, discovering hieroglyphics   - New -

A voyage of discovery in the writing of Ancient Egypt, recently enriched by the precious cast of the Rosetta Stone, conserved in the British Museum: words in stone, signs that populate papyri and scrolls. Through manual work and with the use of technological tools children learn the basic rules of this ancient and mysterious script, entering and taking part in the world of scribes for a day. During the activity the participants will carry out exercises in hieroglyphic writing and will be rewarded a diploma as "Scribes".
Duration: 2 hours 15 mins
Day and time: every Monday and Tuesday from 9.00 to 11.15 am and from 10.30 am to 12.45 pm.


Gregorian Egyptian Museum - Along the banks of the Nile: a journey in ancient Egypt   - New -

In the evocative rooms of the Museum, students are guided in the discovery of the life of the ancient Egyptians, to learn what they ate, how they dressed, how they took care of their appearance and health, and how they prepared for the journey into the afterlife. The tour is completed in the teaching laboratory with a material activity, involving the children producing an item inspired by the museum collection.
Duration: 2 hours 15 mins
Day and time: every Thursday from 09.00 to 11.15 am and from 10.30 am to 12.45 pm.


Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis - Archaeologist for a day in imperial Rome: discovering the Via Triumphalis   - New -

A guided tour inside the archaeological area of the Necropolis of Via Triumphalis, with the support of multi-media educational resources, will lead children to gradually learn about the traditions and burial customs of a imperial Rome, as attested to by numerous finds. During the activity, the children will encounter a simulated archaeological dig, demonstrating the modern stratographic method. Like real archaeologists, they will complete information cards for stratographic units, producing diagrams and photographical documentation of the various phases of the excavation; they will then sift through the earth and take care of the cleaning, identification and storage of the items discovered, compiling an “Dig Diary” to record their experience.
Duration: 3 hours 30 mins
Day and time: second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm. Advance booking of 15 days is required.
N.B. The activity will take place indoors.


Pio-Clementine Museum - The Myths:Tales from the Ancient World

On a journey through ancient Myths students encounter Perseus, Laocoon, Hermes, Aphrodite, Heracles, Apollo and the Muses, Dionysus and Arianna. The works of art will come to life through the reading of stories linked to these myths. In the didactics laboratory participants create their own mythological figure. This type of visit is aimed at Primary and Middle Schools.
Duration: 2 hours 15 mins
Day and time: every Monday and Tuesday from 12.45 to 15.00 pm.


Sistine Chapel - Michelangelo's apprentices. Spend a day working in the Sistine Chapel

Famous and source of inspiration for generations of artists, the Sistine Chapel houses the frescoed masterpiece of Michelangelo. During this experience students will study the genesis of the vault, the design and its realization. This activity is divided into different sections: inspection of the frescoes by Michelangelo through special binoculars, followed by a day spent in his workshop, the young students, as new apprentices create their own fresco.
Duration: 3 hours 30 mins
Day and time: every Friday from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.


Raphael Rooms - In the workshop of the Divine Raphael   - New -

Guided tour of the Raphael Rooms, the private rooms in the apartment of Julius II, that earned unconditional renown for the young Sanzio, who had just arrived in Rome. In this activity, children will simulate life in the workshop by producing works of their own inspired by various subjects in the School of Athens, using the fresco technique in its various phases – preparation of the plaster, transferring the sketch using the spolvero technique, application of the colour.
Duration: 3 hours 30 mins
Day and time: first and third Wednesday of the month from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.


Pinacoteca (Picture Gallery) - Wool, silk and gilded silver threads: Raphael's tapestries   - New -

A lively guided tour in the Vatican Picture Gallery, focusing on the masterpieces of Raphael Sanzio from his early years to the Transfiguration and the "Old School" tapestries of his sketches for the Sistine Chapel. In the laboratory with the assistance of multi-media didactic material, children will learn the art of weaving, in its different phases: dyeing the yarns, warp and weft, design and transposition of the sketch, and finally weaving their own creations on a loom.
Duration: 3 hours 30 mins
Day and time: second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.


Collection of Contemporary Art - In search of light and colour through the eyes of Matisse

This educational itinerary focusing on the French master Matisse and his gouaches découpées technique, supported by modern multimedia resources, enables participants to get to know interactively the history of the Chapel of Saint Paul de Vence and the technique used by Matisse in his artistic creation. This will be followed by a visit to the Matisse Room, cumination of the educational experience, when schoolchildren will be able to admire the originals of the artist's full-scale preparatory cartoons for the chapel's stained glass and the "Vierge à l'enfant". The grand finale of the itinerary is in the laboratory when children as a group will be able to design a stained-glass window with the technique of gouaches découpées, thus revisiting all the creative phases of the great artist.
Duration: 2 hours 15 mins
Day and time: every Saturday from 09.00 to 11.15 am.


Collection of Contemporary Art - From Figuratism to Abstraction

How did contemporary art begin? How do artists exclude from their work of art the semblance with reality? With these questions in mind participants visit the Collection of Modern Religious Art. Through the observation of works by Rosso, Van Gogh, Boccioni, Fontana, Dali, Morandi and many others, students learn to understand the originality behind the artistic gesture. In the didactic laboratory students learn how to transform the figurative into the abstract.
Duration: 2 hours 15 mins
Day and time: every Thursday from 12.45 to 15.00 pm.

Useful information...

  • The animated didactic visits are aimed at Primary and Middle Schools.
  • A maximum of 25 students may take part in a single activity at any one time.
  • The "Educational Tour + Didactic Laboratory" is available only in Italian.
  • Online booking is mandatory.
  • For disabled students it is advisable to contact the Public Relations and Services Office (tel. + 39 06 69883145; + 39 06 69884676) so as to organise a tour compatible for those in wheelchairs.


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