Oceanographic Museum, Monaco
Océanographique de Monaco /// Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium.
This exceptional museum of marine sciences is a monumental architectural masterpiece !!!!
with a grandiose façade rising majestically above the sea to a height of 279 feet. It took 11 years to build.
Want to see a magnificent panorama of the Principality of Monaco and the Italian Riviera??
On the top floor, it is possible to have lunch in the restaurant "La Terrasse you can see it!!!
Inside the musem u can see the spectacular delights of the world-famous aquarium with its extraordinary show of marine flora and fauna.
And a great variety of sea related objects, including model ships, sea animal skeletons, tools, weapons, etc
The Oceanographic Museum was inaugurated in 1910 by its founder, Prince Albert I. The museum of marine sciences is a monumental architectural masterpiece with a façade rising above the sea. It took 11 years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone from La Turbie.
The impressive rooms of the Museum, contain a collections of marine fauna, numerous specimens of sea creatures (stuffed or in skeleton form, including a skeleton of a whale), and craftware made from the sea’s natural products.
On the ground floor, exhibitions and varied film projections are regularly presented.
And on the top floor, it is possible to have lunch in the restaurant "La Terrasse" admiring a magnificent panorama of the Principality of Monaco and the Italian Riviera.
A museum shop is also available.
Oceanographic Museum, founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I and located in Monaco-Ville
I had no time to visit this museum of marine, but the grandious facade, rising above the sea
was already impressive. And the so called "Yellow Submarine" used by the famous Jacques-Yves Cousteau, once director of this museum is a landmark of Marine Science,(Pic 1) is the first mark you will notice leaving the parking substation for busses (100 euro fee/day)
Who does not remember his documentary films and undersea reports, he was a real pioneer and activist "avant la garde" to protect our environment.
Picture 3 is showing the backside of the museum, with a marvelous view on the sea itself
Daily open, different hours depending on the season, income fee per person : 11 euro. The tour will take about 2 hours, depending on yr interests
Prince Albert's grandfather, Albert 1st, was an a keen explorer and whatever it is you call people who are interested in fish (diners?)
In 1910 he founded the Museum and Research Institute of Oceanography, on an imposing rock cliff facing the Mediterranean. Taking advantage of the drop to the sea, the remarkable four story edifice houses a coral reef and dramatic shark lagoon, populated with shoals of brilliantly coloured tropical fish. At its base, three dark grey five foot sharks lie on the lagoon floor, patiently eyeing the small children peering through the glass, wondering what's for lunch, and how strong the glass is.
Four thousand kilos a day of molluscs and sardines is what's for lunch. The museum's food bill each day helps to justify the rather stiff 11 euro price of admission.
One wing is dedicated to the marine life of the Mediterranean at a series of depths, the other wing to the tropical seas. A giant moray eel stares impassively out of the greenish light, whilst symbiotic "things" scrabble up and down its body, scavanging. Creepy.
The whale room shows off what you might have suspected (whales, or rather their skeleton). More interesting is a large collection of Victorian submersibles and diving gear, with diving suits and bell helmets straight out of Atlantis. Expect the deep voice of Robert Mason as Captain Nemo, instructing the young Kirk Douglas "Steady as you go, Mr Land, twenty thousand fathoms...twenty two thousand fathoms..twenty four thousand fathoms.."
All in all a super experience not to be missed, and probably the most interesting feature of Monaco after the Casino. Marred only slightly by the stream of irritating know-it-all dads, relentlessly "improving" their offspring. "Do you know what that is, Laura? That is a burbleburbleburble. Thomas, do you know how a burbleburbleburble? Emma, stop pulling Laura's hair".
My favourite visit in Monaco and maybe in the whole Riviera.
You'll see the most beautiful species of exotic or strange fishes. The main attraction is a giant aquarium with sharks and rays, I found it particularly relaxing to watch !
The bulding in itself is beautiful, located just by the see, don't miss the panorama on the roof (there also a restaurant up there).
For the history the place was ruled for many years by the famous "Commandant Cousteau".
Entrance fee : 11 euros (6 euros for students and children.)
The museum has a lot to see. Not just large numbers of fishes display in the aquarium department but the story behind of the person who is a co-founder of this museum and his exploration underneath the sea surface.
Lots of sea creatures skeleton and fossil, ships and vessels that are used during those days.
Visiting the Museum oceanographic, was my most unforgettable trip. Not just admiring the tropical fishes but Experience a massive tank and feels like under the sea. Visiting monaco should highligh this museum as 'A MUST SEE'
This research instituted is directed by Jacques Cousteau. In front you have this lovely little yellow sub that he used to use to do his research. The museum contains one of the most spectacular aquariums in Europe and it is open from 9am – 7pm daily. There is an admission charge.
Inaugurated in 1910 by its founder, Prince Albert I, this exceptional museum of marine sciences is a monumental architectural masterpiece with a grandiose façade rising majestically above the sea to a height of 279 feet. It took 11 years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone from La Turbie.
The impressive rooms of the Museum, open to the public on two floors, contain remarkable collections of marine fauna gathered by Prince Albert, numerous specimens of sea creatures (stuffed or in skeleton form, including the skeleton of a 66 foot whale), models of Prince Albert’s laboratory ships, and craftware made from the sea’s natural products. Part of the first floor is dedicated to the oceanographic works of Prince Albert 1,“Career of a Navigator”.
In the basement, the visitor can enjoy the spectacular delights of the world-famous aquarium with its extraordinary show of marine flora and fauna. With 4,000 species of fish and over 200 families of invertebrates, the aquarium is now an authority on the presentation of the Mediterranean and tropical marine ecosystem. Its latest creation, the “Shark Lagoon”, unveils in a giant tank the diversity and extraordinary colors of the coral reef and its inhabitants.
On the ground floor, exhibitions and varied film projections are regularly presented in the sumptuous décor of the “Conférence room”.
Finally on the top floor, it is possible to have lunch in the restaurant "La Terrasse" admiring a magnificent panorama of the Principality of Monaco and the Italian Riviera. A museum shop is also available.
The biggest museum in Monaco will show you sealife from all over the world. It was built 100 years ago by the founder of modern Monaco, Prince Albert I.
open daily from 10 to 6 (9.30 to 7 from May 1 to September 30).
adults 11 €
The Oceanographic Museum is probably the best aquarium in Europe, with 90 seawater tanks and a display of living coral. There's also a display on the work of the late, great Jacques Cousteau, as well as other ocean explorers.
If you're unlucky enough to hit Monaco on one of those 65 rainy days, this is the perfect place to console yourself.
Great display of water life under a huge huge tank! Cost about 12.50 Euro but cheaper with coupon. To get there, you can take a local bus running around monaco, bus number 1 and 2 and stop and Monaco-ville and you still see it. You will find all the information you need on their website.
* Check my main page for coupon information.
Albert I, great-grandfather of the present prince, founded this museum in 1910. In the main rotunda is a statue of Albert in his favorite costume: that of a sea captain. Displayed are specimens he collected during 30 years of expeditions. The aquarium, one of the finest in Europe, contains more than 90 tanks, and even has a shark lagoon.
The collection is exhibited in the zoology room. Some of the exotic creatures were unknown before he captured them. You'll see models of the ships of his scientific cruises from 1885 to 1914. The most important part of the laboratory has been preserved and re-created as closely as possible. Skeletons of specimens, including a whale that drifted ashore at Pietra Ligure in 1896, are on the main floor. The whale skeleton is remarkable for its healed fractures sustained when a vessel struck the animal as it was drifting on the surface. An exhibition devoted to the discovery of the ocean is in the physical-oceanography room on the first floor, and underwater movies are shown in the lecture room.
Supposedly, they have the largest green moray eel in the world. It is big, but I don't know if it's the largest in the world. They also have 90 aquarium tanks where you can see an expanse of exotic see life.
Open April - August 9:30 - 19:30
September 9:30 - 19:00
October - March 10:00 - 18:00
Cost: 11 euros
Students : 6 euros