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Vatican Museum, Vatican
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member JSDAFM
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Quick Description: The Vatican Museums, in Viale Vaticano in Rome, inside the Vatican City, are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries.
Location: Vatican City State
Date Posted: 9/21/2010 9:52:10 AM
Waymark Code: WM9QWT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member howarthe
Views: 36

Long Description:
Pope Julius II founded the museums in the 16th century. The Sistine Chapel and the Stanze della Segnatura decorated by Raphael are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums.

The Vatican Museums trace their origin to one marble sculpture, purchased 500 years ago. The sculpture of Laocoön, the priest who, according to Greek mythology, tried to convince the people of ancient Troy not to accept the Greeks' "gift" of a hollow horse, was discovered 14 January 1506, in a vineyard near the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Pope Julius II sent Giuliano da Sangallo and Michelangelo Buonarroti, who were working at the Vatican, to examine the discovery. On their recommendation, the pope immediately purchased the sculpture from the vineyard owner. The pope put the sculpture of Laocoön and his sons in the grips of a sea serpent on public display at the Vatican exactly one month after its discovery.
The Museums celebrated their 500th anniversary in October 2006 by permanently opening the excavations of a Vatican Hill necropolis to the public.

There are servel Sculpture museums:
Museo Pio-Clementino Pope Clement XIV founded the Pio-Clementino Vatican museum in 1771, and originally it contained the Renaissance and antique works. The museum and collection were enlarged by Clement's successor Pius VI. Today, the museum houses works of Greek and Roman sculpture.
Museo Chiaramonti This museum is named after Pope Pius VII (whose last name was Chiaramonti before his election as pope), who founded it in the early 1800s. The museum consists of a large arched gallery in which sides are exhibited several statues, sarcophaguses and friezes. The New Wing, Braccio Nuovo built by Raphael Stern, houses important statues like The Prima Porta Augustus and The River Nile. Galeria Lapidaria is another part of Chiaramonti museum, with more than 3,000 stone tablets and inscriptions, which is the world's greatest collection of its kind. However, it is opened only by special permission, usually for reasons of study.
Museo Gregoriano Etrusco Founded by Pope Gregory XIII in 1836, this museum has eight galleries and houses important Etruscan pieces, coming from archaeological excavations. The pieces include: vases, sarcophagus, bronzes and the Guglielmi Collection.
Museo Egiziano Founded by Pope Gregory XVI, this museum houses a grand collection of Ancient Egyptian material. Such material includes papyruses, the Grassi Collection, animal mummies, and the famous Book of the Dead.
Information obtained on Sept 21, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Museums.

Name: Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani)

Location:
Viale Vaticano 00165 Roma, Italy


Phone Number: 0039 06 69884676

Web Site: [Web Link]

Agency/Ownership: Public

Hours of operation:
Open Monday to Saturday: the Ticket Office is open from 9 am to 4 pm. The last Sunday of every month is free.


Admission Fee: Full € 15,00 Reduced € 8,00 Scholastic Ticket € 4,00

Gift Shop: yes

Cafe/Restaurant: yes

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