VATICAN CITY, APRIL 18, 2011 ( The Vatican Museums will extend their hours during the week of Pope John Paul II's beatification, reports the Holy See.

 The Governorate of Vatican City State announced that the Vatican Museums will open from 7 p.m. to midnight (last entrance at 10 p.m.) on the nights of April 26, 27, 28 and 29, and on May 2.  

Moreover, the semi-official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported last week that entrance fees will be reduced to 8 euro ($11) for pilgrims who arrive at the entrance with a letter from their parish, diocese or religious congregation.  

The initiative is to ensure an ample service and better reception of all those who arrive in Rome.  

The Vatican Museums will open regularly at night beginning May 6, and the hours will continue through Oct. 28, except for the month of August.