In Italy, the artwork tourism of the Grand Tour became a major industry from the 18th century onwards, and cities made efforts to make their key works accessible. The Capitoline Museums began in 1471 with a donation of classical sculpture to town of Rome by the Papacy, whereas the Vatican Museums, whose collections are nonetheless owned by the Pope, trace their basis to 1506, when the lately found Laocoön and His Sons was put on public display. A sequence of museums on completely different subjects were opened over subsequent centuries, and many of the buildings of the Vatican had been purpose-built as galleries.
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