From 9 February the classical sculptural masterpieces of the Pio Clementine Museum, as well as the precious collections of the Gregorian Egyptian and Gregorian Etruscan Museums will be accessible to visitors with motor disabilities. A new elevator, with the permanent assistance of the Guard Corps staff, will guarantee safe access to three important exhibition areas of the Vatican Museums, which until now have been closed to a significant section of the public.
In their pursuit of an inclusive layout, while also respecting historical and archaeological constraints, and of a progressive and constant removal of architectural barriers, the Pope's Museums are thus confirmed as one of the most accessible and visitable museums, even by those who have particular difficulties in walking or are obliged to use a wheelchair.
In a place such as the Vatican Museums, where everything is a work of art, from the masterpieces themselves to the architecture that houses them, even the elevator could not fail to meet the aesthetic, as well as functional and safety criteria, that characterize the entire museum institution. The exterior cladding in handmade, wood-fired bricks, as well as the interior in national walnut, and the button panel in burnished brass, are just some of the details that reveal this.
The new elevator, in its design and construction phases, is the result of the collaboration between the Vatican Museums and the Directorate of Infrastructure and Services of the Governorate of Vatican City State.