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1/18/2012 9:15:00 AM
Five million visited Vatican Museums
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A skylight is seen above the spiral staircase at the exit of the Vatican Museums. In 2011, for the first time, the number of visitors to the Vatican Museums topped 5 million.
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A skylight is seen above the spiral staircase at the exit of the Vatican Museums. In 2011, for the first time, the number of visitors to the Vatican Museums topped 5 million.
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A visitor poses for a photo near a crucifix made in 1951 by Henri Matisse during a preview at the Vatican Museums. Also pictured is a 1949 cartoon for stained-glass windows made by Matisse for the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence, France.
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A visitor poses for a photo near a crucifix made in 1951 by Henri Matisse during a preview at the Vatican Museums. Also pictured is a 1949 cartoon for stained-glass windows made by Matisse for the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence, France.
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In 2011, for the first time, the number of visitors to the Vatican Museums topped 5 million. The museums expanded their opening hours in 2011 and added more of the special Friday night openings they experimented with briefly in 2009. The standard price of admission to the museums is 15 euros, or about $19.

The Vatican Museums are among the largest and most visited museums in the world: the Louvre in Paris, which attracts more than 8 million visitors each year; the British Museum in London, which had an estimated 5.8 million visitors last year; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which reported more than 5.6 million visitors in 2011.



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