The Vatican Museums in the Vatican City is home to some of the most beautiful artworks the world has ever seen. Artworks by various generations of multi-talented artists like Michelangelo—who made the famous The Last Judgment in the Museums’ Sistine Chapel—and Donatello who created the stunning Madonna of the Clouds.
Tourists from all around the world flock to the city state to visit the Museums and see its pieces of art with their own two eyes. In fact, the museum generates around $87 million dollars yearly, from just ticket sales alone, and roughly $22 million dollars from merchandise. (Read: Vatican Museum experts discover Raphael’s last two paintings)
Sadly, due to the threat of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Vatican Museums had to cease operations. Over two months ago, the management decided to stop accepting visitors in the meantime to control the spread of the virus, which has already claimed thousands of lives in Italy.
But on June 1, the Vatican Museums will start accepting visitors and tourists once again. This is because the Italian government has eased some of the lockdown restrictions they imposed, and churches have resumed holding public Masses.
To ensure that a second wave could be prevented, the Vatican said they will be implementing new measures and schedules for visitors of the Museums. These new measures include requiring visitors to wear face masks and undergo temperature check at the entrance. A daily disinfection and sanitation will also be done by the National Confederation of Mercies, together with the Health and Hygiene Department of the Vatican. (Read: ‘Strict social distancing’ shall be observed during Mass – CBCP)
Visitors will also be required to reserve tickets online before their scheduled visit so as to prevent people from falling in line too long, thus exposing themselves to the environment. The $4 online ticketing fee will be waived for this.
The new schedule for the Vatican Museums is:
- Monday to Thursday – 10AM to 8PM
- Friday to Saturday – 10AM to 10PM (last admission is at 8PM)