How Many Vatican Museums Are There

The smallest country in the world is nestled within the city of Rome. It is famous worldwide for its incredible history and beautiful décor. Celebrated attractions including Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square. But no trip to the Vatican City is complete without a journey into the Vatican Museums. One of the biggest collections of artworks in the entire world.

How Many Vatican Museums are there?

The Vatican Museums is not just one large building with many rooms, but a series of 54 separate galleries within Vatican City, comprising over 1400 rooms. The series of galleries is to accommodate the immense assortment of collections, including over 70,000 artworks, with only 20, 000 that are available for public viewing. Many of the museums also double as attractions of their own, the most famous being the Sistine Chapel. This famous landmark is the largest Catholic church in the world and is home for some of Michelangelo’s greatest artworks.

The History of the Vatican Museums

The birth of these museums began in 1503. The very first piece of art began the change after the piece was discovered of a marble sculpture in a country vineyard. A sculpture, named ‘Laocoon and His Sons’ depicts Trojan priest Laocoön with his two sons, being attacked by gigantic serpents. The recently named Pope Julius II purchased the sculpture from the vineyard owner, and after a month of obtaining it, put the sculpture on public display at the Vatican Museums. The museum’s collection grew after private families and other popes’ collections became a part of the museums, as there already immensely large collections were previously only for private viewings.

What masterpieces you need to see in the Vatican Museums?

  • Raphael’s Rooms

    The four rooms, named after the famous Raphael, are eminent for their frescos, painted by multiple famous painters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as Raphael himself. Check out the incredible detail and beauty in these works as you wander from room to room.

  • The Entombment of Christ

    This masterpiece was done by Caravaggio, a famous Italian painter. This artwork is said to be the best representations of this scene from the bible. The skill in illustrating the progression from life to death in the characters showed from the top of the painting to the bottom is truly awe-inspiring.

  • St Jerome in the Wilderness

    Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most recognisable names in history, being a painter, architecture, engineer, and many more occupations. His painting St Jerome in the Wilderness’ is one of his unfinished artworks, but despite its incompletion, is one of the best examples of Renaissance art.

  • Laocoön and His Sons

    As stated before, this is the Vatican first public artwork. It is a marble structure depicting one of the greatest ancient Greek artworks. The sculpture dates back to 30-40 BC, being displayed in an open courtyard within the Vatican Museums.

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