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Vatican Splendors from Saint Peters Basilica and the Vatican Museums


Vatican Splendors from Saint Peters Basilica and the Vatican Museums

Bust of Angel by Giotto di Bondone

(courtey of the The Reverenda Fabbrica of Saint Peter, Vatican City State)

Vatican Splendors, one of the most comprehensive Vatican collections to tour North America, shares 200 art objects and relics spanning more than 2000 years. The exhibit, which will be at Cleveland's Western Reserve Historical Society, from May 31 to September 7 (2008), includes works by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Giotto, among others.

About the Exhibit:

Vatican Splendors features 200 objects, ranging from the 3rd century times of Saint Peter to the election of Pope Benedict XVI, many of which have never been on public display. Highlights include a bronze cast of John Paul II's hand, made just prior to his death; the Papal tiara of Pius VII (a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte), the original miter of Paul VI, and the colorful uniforms of the Swiss Guard.


More information on special events in conjunction with Vacation Splendors is coming soon.

About the Western Reserve Historical Society:

The Western Reserve Historical Society, located at University Circle, houses two museums--the Cleveland history museum, which includes two gracious turn-of-the-20th-century mansions and the Chisholm Halle costume wing, and the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, which features scores of historic autos and planes.

Hours and Admission:

Vatican Splendors is open Monday through Wednesday from 10am to 9pm (with the last admission at 7pm) and Thursday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5pm).

Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for those 62 and older, and $14 for those 6-12. Children under six are admitted free.

Tickets for Vatican Splendor:

Tickets to Vatican Splendors are available from the WRHS ticket office, by call 1-888-5VATICAN, or via Ticketmaster.


Limited parking is available in the Western Reserve Historical Society lot, accessible from Magnolia, for $8. There is also metered parking throughout the University Circle area.

Contact Information:

Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
216 721-5722

(updated 5-28-08)

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