Sistine Chapel Hours – Opening & Closing Time, Best Time to Visit | 2024 |

4.7
(186)

The Sistine Chapel opens at 8 am and closes at 7 pm from Monday to Saturday, with the last entry at 5 pm. 

The chapel remains closed on Sundays, except the last Sunday of every month, when it opens between 9 am and 2 pm, with the last admission at 12.30 pm.

The Sistine Chapel’s opening hours are the same as Vatican Museum hours.

DaysOpening HoursLast Entry
Monday8 am to 7 pm5 pm
Tuesday8 am to 7 pm5 pm
Wednesday8 am to 7 pm5 pm
Thursday8 am to 7 pm5 pm
Friday8 am to 7 pm5 pm
Saturday8 am to 7 pm5 pm
SundayClosedClosed
Last Sunday of the Month9 am to 2 pm12.30 pm

Closing Days in 2024

Apart from Sundays, the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums will be closed on the following days:

  • 1 and  6 January
  • 11 February
  • 10 April
  • 1 May
  • 29 June
  • 15 and 16 August
  • 1 November 
  • 8, 25, 26 and 31 December 

Best Time to Visit the Sistine Chapel

The best time to visit the Sistine Chapel is in the early morning hours, between 9 am and 11 pm.

If you can’t make it in the morning, visit in the late afternoon after 4 pm. 

During these hours, you will find less crowd around the attraction and have a quieter and peaceful experience. 

Avoid visiting on Wednesdays, weekends and free Sundays, as these are the most crowded days in the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.

Time required to visit the Sistine Chapel

Visitors need at least 30 minutes to explore the beauty of the Sistine Chapel. 

However, you must keep in mind that the Sistine Chapel is the last room of the Vatican Museum. 

It takes around two hours to visit different parts of the Vatican Museums before you reach the Sistine Chapel. 

To have a complete visit to the Vatican Museum, including the Sistine Chapel, you should have at least 2.5 to 3 hours. 

And if you visit St. Peter’s Basilica as well, it will take one more hour. You can also take a 3-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Refer to the table below to understand the time required to visit the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. 

AttractionTime Required
Vatican Museums2 hours
Sistine Chapel30 minutes
St. Peter’s Square30 minutes
St. Peter Basilica1 hour

FAQs

What time can you enter the Sistine Chapel?

The Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum start accepting visitors from 8 am.

However, as the chapel lies at the end of the Vatican Museums, visitors tend to visit the Vatican Museums first, which takes almost 2 hours, and then enter the Sistine Chapel.

Is there a time limit that says how long you can explore the Sistine Chapel?

No, there is no time limit. Once inside the chapel, you can admire the chapel’s artwork and interiors for as long as you want.

However, most visitors take around 30 minutes to complete their tour of the Sistine Chapel. With guided tours, it takes the same amount of time.

What day is the Sistine Chapel closed?

The Sistine Chapel remains closed on the following days:

Sundays (except the last Sunday of every month)
– 1 and  6 January
– 11 February
– 10 April
– 1 May
– 29 June
– 15 and 16 August
– 1 November 
– 8, 25, 26 and 31 December 

Can you just walk into the Sistine Chapel?

The Sistine Chapel is a part of the Vatican Museums, the last room of 54 museums of the Vatican. 

To access the Sistine Chapel, you need to get access to the Vatican Museum first with a Vatican Museum entry ticket. 

How much time do you need in the Sistine Chapel?

After spending almost 2 hours inside the Vatican Museums, you will enter the Sistine Chapel, which will take another 30 minutes to explore. 

Is the Sistine Chapel open on Sunday?

The Sistine Chapel is open every last Sunday of the month between 9 am and 2.30 pm, with the last entrance at 12.30 pm. 

What time does the Sistine Chapel open?

The Sistine Chapel opens at 8 am and closes at 7 pm, Monday to Saturday.
On the last Sunday of every month, the chapel opens between 9 am and 2 pm. 

Suggested Articles

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!