VIP Key Master's Tour: Open The Sistine Chapel

80 reviews

2 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?


  • Join the Vatican's Key Master, opening the Vatican Museums for the day
  • Spend two exclusive hours inside the museums alone with your small group
  • Follow an official Vatican guide, sharing context in each of the galleries you visit
  • Spend as much time as you desire inside the Vatican after your tour
  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)
  • Belvedere Courtyard (Pinecone)
  • Octagonal Courtyard (Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön)
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Tour Includes
  • Official English-speaking Vatican guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Exclusive entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums

The most incredible Vatican experience ever imagined


Verified Customer Reviews

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4.9 /5
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The Key Master’s Tour of the Vatican Museum was the highlight of our visit to Rome. The tour guide was wonderful and the experience of opening the galleries and turning on the lights created a whole series of “wow” moments. We stayed at the museum afterwards and had breakfast and then returned to some of the galleries we had seen earlier that morning. The sheer volume of people trying to make their way through the museum later in the day made it impossible to truly enjoy the experience. If someone really wants to appreciate the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel they need to take the Key Master’s Tour.
Gerald · Jan 08, 2023 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
This tour was a dream! We do enjoyed the entire experience. It was so special to be able to see the Museums with no one else around! Highly, highly recommend!
Lourdes C. · Jan 03, 2023 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
By far, the highlight of our family trip to Italy. It is certainly a splurge, but the early access to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel with a group of only 20 people, was worth it. Everyone had the opportunity to unlock a door to a gallery and turn on the lights to reveal the art and antiquities inside. Our tour guide, Dora, was so kind, gracious and knowledgeable. She answered all questions and provided insightful commentary. If you are able, you must do this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Christine · Dec 25, 2022 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
This was a once in a lifetime experience. I will never forget unlocking these ancient sacred spaces in total darkness, only to be overwhelmed by the amazing treasures within. This experience exceeded our expectations. You will not regret booking this experience.
Philip · Dec 05, 2022 · United States · Female · 65 to 74 years
A wonderful experience and an amazing guide. This was one of the highlights of my Rome visit. I've visited the Sistine Chapel before, but in crowds so tight, it was hard to grasp the magnificence of the chapel. Opening the door, entering the dark chapel, and seeing the lights turned on and revealing the peerless art is an experience I'll cherish forever.
Michael · Dec 04, 2022 · United States · Male · 45 to 54 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point

Vatican Museums Entrance. Meet on the short flight of stairs in front of the entrance door. These doors are surrounded by white marble and have "Mvsei Vaticani" engraved above the door in the stone. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign.  

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


Is this tour accessible for wheelchairs, strollers or for those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at [email protected] or call +39 068-596-0143 (Italy) or 888-683-8670 (USA) to make alternative arrangements.

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