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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 - Rebus under the Pyramids

Discover Ancient Egyptian writing: words carved into stone, signs that appear on papyrus and scrolls. Recreate hieroglyphics, with the help of technological instruments, and spend a day in the world of the scribes. In the didactic laboratory the students will learn to write their name in Egyptian hieroglyphs on papyrus. This papyrus will be certified with a special stamp of approval, which each qualifying scribe can take home.
Tour Duration: 2h15
Days and hours: every Monday and Tuesday from 9.00 to 11.15 am and from 10.30 am to 12.45 pm.


Gregorian Egyptian Museum - Daily life on the banks of the Nile

By observing sandals, mirrors, make-up, baskets, combs and jewellery, students are led to discover daily life among the Ancient Egyptians, learning what they ate, how they dressed, how they looked after their appearance and their health. In the didactic laboratory they are given the opportunity of creating a personalised "offering table" reflecting what they experienced during the tour.
Tour Duration: 2h15
Days and hours: every Thursday from 09.00 to 11.15 am and from 10.30 am to 12.45 pm.


The 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.
Tour Duration: 3h30
Days and hours: every Wednesday and Friday from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.


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.
Tour Duration: 2h15
Days and hours: every Monday and Tuesday from 12.45 to 15.00 pm.


Collection of Modern Religious Art - In search of light and colour through the eyes of Matisse - New -

The recent inauguration of the Matisse Room in the Vatican Museums has prompted the introduction of a new educational tour focused on the life and work of the great French painter and on the technique of gouaches découpées. Modern multimedia installations will enable schoolchildren to get to know in an interactive way 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.
Tour Duration: 2h15
Days and hours: every Saturday from 09.00 to 11.15 am.


Collection of Modern Religious 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.
Tour Duration: 2h15
Days and hours: 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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