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The Vatican Museums hold a treasure to be discovered in active and creative ways thanks to the extraordinary richness and variety of the art collections, which embrace the history of human civilization, from the Ancient Egyptians and Etruscans to the Greeks and Romans, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance up to contemporary times. Schools can choose a didactic activity which is compatible with the school syllabus.

Two additional tours have been added to existing educational propositions, which run alongside the didactic laboratory activities and the usual Educational Tours: the Educational Tours and Didactic Laboratory and Animated Educational Tours.
This new approach enables students to combine the chosen thematic tour of the Museums with a creative re-elaboration in the laboratory of what they have seen.

Of note among the educational initiatives launched are the collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, for the realisation of the project Drawing in the Museums and the partnership with the Italian National Association of Art History Teachers (ANISA) for the planning of training seminars for teachers at the Pope’s Museums.

With the exceptional opening to the public of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, the Apostolic Palace becomes, for the first time in history, accessible also to primary and secondary schools of first and second grade, who will thus be able to visit, with the valuable help of a multilingual audioguide, the museum area of the Gallery of Portraits of the Pontiffs.

Independent visits

The proposal is offered to groups of students from primary and secondary school, of first and second grade, who wish to visit the museum collections and the Sistine Chapel independently, accompanied by their teachers.

Educational Tours

Tours, designed to cater for different age groups, are offered in order to satisfy both historical and artistic needs, to support the subject matter of a particular course as well as satisfying pedagogical and psychological requirements. These educational formats accustom students to listening and observing, while discovering the joy in learning. By sharing ideas with the Museum's teaching staff about each work of art, students are able to learn how to examine a work of art.
The rich and complex plurality of the Vatican Museums enables each school to choose the most suitable itinerary, from the most standard of the generic itineraries, to the more focused and contextualised specific Itineraries.

Tour of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo

The Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo opens up for the first time to the public. This proposal is also intended for groups of students from primary and secondary school of first and second grade (of any geographical origin) interested in a tour, with their teachers and accompanied by a multilingual audioguide, of the new museum area of the Gallery of Portraits of the Pontiffs.
This type of visit involves the application of the special Reduced ticket Schools.

Animated Educational Tours

Animated Educational Tours are guided tours which offer a thematic reading of various sections of the Vatican Museums.
Along the itinerary creative activities are performed directly in different galleries, in front of the works of art highlighted during the visit.
At the end of the tour students can take their creations with them, while a data sheet summary of their itinerary and activities are distributed to their teachers.

Educational Tours and Didactic Laboratory

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.