The Oceanography Museum, Monte-Carlo

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  • Musee L'Oceanographie
    Musee L'Oceanographie
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  • Musee L'Oceanographie
    Musee L'Oceanographie
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  • Musee L'Oceanographie
    Musee L'Oceanographie
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    Musee L'Oceanographie

    by MikeAtSea Written May 8, 2008

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    This museum was founded in 1910 by Albert I, the great grandfather of the present prince. In the main rotunda is a statue of Albert in his favourite costume - that of a sea captain. Displayed are specimens he collected during 30 years of expeditions aboard his oceanographic ships. The aquarium that is one of the finest in Europe, contains more than 90 tanks.

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    The Oceanography Museum

    by Caniko Written May 8, 2005

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    Oceanograpghy Museum

    An imposing buliding constructed on a rock close to the sea. The house was designed by architect Delafortrie and inaugurated in 1910. Prince Albert I was the creator of this museum. He built new research instruments and modernized oceanography techniques by using photography and cinema besides his discoveries in the Atlantic and the Arctic regions.

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    The Oceanography Museum

    by Caniko Written May 8, 2005

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    The big Tank

    The Aquuarium in the Oceanography meseum is one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. The rarest of species can be seen in its tanks, captured from all the seas in the world.A
    Opening Hours: January-February-March : 10.00-18.00
    April-May-June : 9.30-19.00
    July-August : 9.30-19.30
    September : 9.30-19.00
    October-November-Dec : 10.00-18.00

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    The Aquarium

    by codrutz Updated Nov 18, 2007

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    The Aquarium inside the Maritime Museum in Monaco is rated as one of the best in the world. One thing that makes is so special is that they have there real corals on the rocks in the water tanks. Fish diversity is great, and more, you can see all sorts of sea creatures, smaller or bigger, pretty as the Harlequin fish (Nemo) and ugly like the Morena.

    I saw there the most poisonous fish, being also the ugliest, check the 2nd picture, they look like rocks, but if you look closely you will see their big eyes and ugly mouth.

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    Oceanographic Museum / Aquarium

    by al_mary Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    This was Inaugurated in 1910 by its
    founder, Prince Albert I, this exceptional
    museum of marine sciences is a monumental
    architectural masterpiece with a grandiose facade
    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 ......

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    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 “Conference 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.
    There is also a great museum gift shop that we found interesting, and we
    bought a few Christmas gifts while there.

    General Information
    * Open daily
    * From October to March: from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
    * From April to June, and September: from 9:30AM to 7:00PM
    * July and August: from 9:30AM to 7:30PM
    * Rate (per person): 11 Euro
    * Children from 6 to 18 years old and students: 6 Euro
    * Duration of visit: 2 to 3 hours

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    • Castles and Palaces
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

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