The museum Web site announced Tuesday that the public will be admitted to view various works of art by twilight, culminating in the Sistine Chapel.
The Vatican Museums will remain open until 11 p.m., though the last visitors will be admitted at 9:30 p.m.
This nocturnal schedule offers the opportunity of seeing the art while enjoying an "unusual atmosphere and a special light," explained Antonio Paolucci, the director of the museums.
He added that it is also a way of enticing people to give up a night of television.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and can be obtained online.
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On the Net:
To buy a ticket: http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do?action=booking&codiceTipoVisita=78&step=2