Vatican Splendors - A Journey Through Faith and ArtExperience 2,000 Years of Vatican Art and History

About the Vatican Splendors Exhibit

Experience 2,000 years of Vatican art and history

Michelangelo items and works by Bernini and others. Objects dating back to the first century. From the venerated relics (bone fragments) of Saint Peter and Saint Paul to personal items of Saint John Paul II, this exhibit comprises one of the largest Vatican collections ever to tour North America. Many items have never before been on public view. From culture to history to art, explore how the Papacy has impacted-and been impacted by-the world throughout the centuries.

Exhibition Gallery Layout and Artistic Highlights

Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art features approximately 200 works of art and historically significant objects, many of which have never left the Vatican.

The exhibition is organized into 11 galleries that illustrate the evolution of the Church and its papacy beginning with Saint Peter through the papacy of Pope Francis, with thematic areas highlighting important developments, moments, people and events tied to the history of the Catholic Church and the Vatican, reflected in both important historical objects and artistic expression from different eras.  The objects are presented in galleries and recreated environments that enhance the visitor's understanding of their historical and artistic significance.
Exhibition designers want visitors to feel transported to the Vatican, from the underground catacombs where the remains of Saint Peter were discovered to the magnificent papal chambers found above ground.  From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of John Paul II’s hand, the exhibition is a multi-sensory experience.

Note: objects and scenic environments may vary from venue to venue.