Vatican Splendors exhibit at the MO History Museum -

Vatican Splendors exhibit at the MO History Museum

Two More Objects Announced for Exhibition at Missouri History Museum

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 19, 2010 for one of the largest collections of art, documents and historically significant objects from the Vatican ever to tour North America

“Vatican Splendors” A Journey through Faith and Art” will open for its only Midwest engagement at Missouri History Museum on May 15, 2010.  The exhibition features approximately 170 rare works of art and historically significant objects, many of which have never left the Vatican. Taken together these works explore how the papacy has influenced – and been influenced by – the world throughout the centuries.

Online, tickets are available April 19 and after at Tickets also can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including select Schnucks stores. To charge tickets by phone, call 1-800-745-3000 or 1-877-2VATICAN (1-877-282-8422).  Tickets may also be purchased on site at the Missouri History Museum.
Tickets to “Vatican Splendors” are $19.50 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $13 for children (age 6-12). Children five and under are admitted free with adult ticket purchase. A Special group discount for 15-or-more tickets is available by calling 1-800-916-8212 or sending an email to
Two additional objects will be added to the exhibition in St. Louis. They are:

Portrait of Christ with Crown of Thorns (The Veronica of Guercino)
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guernico (1591 – 1666)
17th century
Oil on silk
Private Collection, Vatican City State


Vatican Splendors Tickets on Sale
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Cast of the Hand of Pope John Paul II
October 2002
Cecco Bonanotte (born 1942)
Private Collection, Vatican City State
St. Louis is one of only three U.S. cities and the only Midwestern destination to host “Vatican Splendors.” Highlights of the exhibition include artwork by Michelangelo, personal objects, and tools used in work on the Sistine Chapel and Basilica of Saint Peter’s; works by masters including Bernini and Giotto; artwork dating back to the third century; venerated relics (bone fragments) of Saint Peter and Saint Paul; storied frescoes and mosaics; works by well-known sculptors; intricately embroidered silk vestments; precious objects from the Papal Mass; historical maps and documents; objects discovered at the tombs of Saint Peter and Saint Paul; and historical objects from the modern and ancient basilicas of Saint Peter’s in Rome.
Hours for “Vatican Splendors” will be, daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The exhibition runs through September 12, 2010.

The Missouri History Museum is located at Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, near the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink station.  Free parking is available at the Museum, in nearby lots and in designated areas within Forest Park.

For more information online, visit or By phone, dial 1-877-2VATICAN.

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