100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Vatican Museums

Location: Rome

The Vatican Museums are famous for their collection of the Roman Catholic Church and Renaissance materials. Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, the museums' history can be traced back to their first piece, the sculpture of Laocoön. In their collections are multiple famous works by Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, the Niccoline Chapel, and the Sistine Chapel. The museums have broken attendance records year after year (they currently have over four million visitors per year) and are open for free to the public on the last Sunday of every month.

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