Want to Visit the Sistine Chapel? Now You Can — in Pittsburgh

A new display of the 16th century masterpiece, “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” is showing at the Ross Park Mall through January.

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Touring companies first offered Pittsburgh the chance to be inside a virtual Van Gogh painting. Now, you can see the Sistine Chapel up close, with 34 reproductions of Michelangelo’s famous frescoes.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” runs through Jan. 22 at Ross Park Mall. The show is meant to offer visitors an up-close experience to view the artwork in near-life-size panels, as opposed to a high ceiling in a crowded room in Vatican City. 

“This exhibition gives visitors a chance to engage with Rome’s most iconic treasures in ways that were never before possible,” said Martin Biallas, CEO of Los Angeles-based SEE Global Entertainment, producer of the exhibit along with CBF Productions, in a press release.

Through an app on visitors’ mobile devices, they can listen to an audio tour, included with admission. The narrative, available in English and Spanish, explains the “why” behind each fresco. It’s recommended that guests bring their own headphones.

Standard admission is $22.50 for adults (age 13 and older) and $19 for youth (ages 4 through 12). A souvenir package for adults costs $36.50 and includes a guide and postcard. Discounts are available for seniors, students, military and groups of more than 10 people. The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday on the second floor of the mall. The experience is estimated to take between 60 and 90 minutes.

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